Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it obtained a consent order against Michael Kourmolis, of Brooklyn, N.Y., permanently prohibiting him from engaging in any activity related to trading any commodity interests, including soliciting funds, registering with the CFTC and trading on behalf of others or himself.
The court’s order, entered on November 10, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Year, stems from a CFTC complaint filed July 23, 2003, against defendants Kourmolis, Thomas Qualls, and International Foreign Currency, Inc. (IFC) (see CFTC Press Release 4825-03, July 30, 2003). The CFTC’s litigation continues against IFC and Qualls.
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The CFTC complaint alleged, and the court’s order finds, that Kourmolis fraudulently solicited customers to open accounts at IFC to trade foreign currency futures contracts. The order finds that in his solicitations, Kourmolis falsely told at least one customer that because of IFC’s “large fund and our banks and institutions overseas,” IFC had the ability to “maximize profit potential while also minimizing capital risk.” Kourmolis also misleadingly represented in writing that customers would have personal accounts and that their funds were insured by a bank for up to $25 million.
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