Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it filed an anti-fraud civil lawsuit charging defendants Randall Lynn Stuckey of St. Peters, Mo., and his Missouri-based business entities, Stuckey Group, L.P., Stuckey Group II, L.P. and Oakwood Development Company L.P. (collectively, the Stuckey Common Enterprise) with operating an illegal off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme that defrauded more than 65 customers out of at least $2.8 millionץ
The CFTC complaint, filed on February 18, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleges that Stuckey fraudulently solicited and accepted funds from members of the general public from January 2007 through July 2010 to trade leveraged or margined off-exchange forex contracts. Stuckey operated the scheme via the Internet out of his residence in St. Peters, according to the complaint. Stuckey allegedly misrepresented to customers that their funds were being traded profitably when, in fact, Stuckey knew that he was losing money trading customers’ funds and that the Stuckey Common Enterprise defendants had incurred substantial losses trading customers’ funds in forex futures. For example, Stuckey allegedly falsely claimed that customers’ investments had increased in value from an original aggregate investment of $2.85 million to approximately $4.8 million.
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To conceal and perpetuate his fraud, Stuckey provided customers with monthly account statements showing false account values and false returns on their funds, the complaint charges. Additionally, the account statements falsely reported monthly trading profits from one to six percent, even though the Stuckey Common Enterprise defendants were losing money on trades, according to the complaint.