Six month after licenses of 5 retail forex firms were unexpectdely revoked by the Mauritius FSC, with no reason given the FSC has announced that it suspended another forex license this time of BroCo Investments Inc. Again, no reasons were provided.
BroCo is a focus of an ongoing SEC investigation for fraud made by one of its clients in the US. Seeing how Mauritius FSC treated the previously suspended firms I can assume that the suspension will become a revocation soon. It seems Mauritius FSC has made a complete shift in its policy and forex brokers are no longer welcomed on the little African island, which not long ago has launched its own forex exchange.
No comment was received from BroCo until now.
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 74(6) and Section 27(3) of the Financial Services Act 2007 the following licences issued to BroCo Investments Inc :
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(1) Global Business Licence;
(2) Investment Dealer Licence; and
(3) Investment Adviser Licence,
have been suspended with immediate effect.
Pursuant to Section 27(5) of the Act, where a licence is suspended, the licensee shall cease to carry out the activity authorised by the licence, but shall remain subject to the obligations of a licensee and to the directions of the Commission until the suspension of the licence is cancelled. Financial Services Commission, FSC House, 54 Cybercity, Ebene, Mauritius, 7 December 2010”
Regardless of this, there’s something that doesn’t really add up on FSC’s website. When you are at the FSC’s homepage (http://www.gov.mu/portal/sites/ncb/fsc/index.html) and click “Revocation of five Global Business licences” you are taken to another website called http://www.ifsbmauritius2009.com/. The website doesn’t function and all it does is says this in Russian “Сайт ifsbmauritius2009.com на реконструкции. r01.us” meaning that the site is under construction. Quick Whois inquiry shows that both ifsbmauritius2009.com and r01.us websites are controlled by a person named Vitalij Kora, based in Russia, who is a websites designer and promoter. This just doesn’t look good.