CFTC charges Rober Mihailovich and Growth Capital with fraudulent solicitation

CFTC Charges Growth Capital Management LLC and Felon Robert Milhailovich, Sr., with Fraudulently Soliciting More than $30 Million to Trade

CFTC Charges Growth Capital Management LLC and Felon Robert Milhailovich, Sr., with Fraudulently Soliciting More than $30 Million to Trade Commodity Futures and Forex

Son charged with making false statements to the CFTC for failing to disclose father’s role.

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Robert Mihailovich, Sr., and Growth Capital Management, LLC, (GCM), both of Rockwall, Texas, with fraudulent solicitation in connection with the trading of commodity futures contracts and leveraged foreign currency (forex). Mihailovich, Sr., is a felon who was on supervised release while he was soliciting for and operating GCM.

The CFTC’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on July 27, 2010, also charges that GCM, a registered commodity trading adviser and a commodity pool operator, and Robert Mihailovich, Jr., also of Rockwall and the listed principal and registered associated person of GCM, made false statements in required regulatory filings with the CFTC by failing to disclose that his father, Mihailovich, Sr., was a controlling principal of GCM.

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The CFTC’s complaint alleges that, since at least June 2008, GCM and Mihailovich, Sr., fraudulently solicited and accepted more than $30 million from approximately 93 customers to invest in futures and forex through discretionary accounts traded by GCM. To induce new investors, Mihailovich, Sr., made false representations claiming to be a successful commodity futures trader and touting GCM as having a profitable trading record. According to the complaint, Mihailovich, Sr., stated that he never experienced a losing trade. However, actual trading accounts managed and controlled by Mihailovich, Sr., realized net losses.

Mihailovich, Sr., also failed to disclose to customers that he had a federal felony conviction for mail fraud, was ordered to pay approximately $197,000 in restitution, served 27 months in prison and was on a three-year supervised release.

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