CFTC Charges ROFX and 5 Promoters for $58 Million FX Fraud

Monday, 31/01/2022 | 07:14 GMT by Arnab Shome
  • The platform claimed to use an automated trading robot with guaranteed coverage of losses.
  • It targeted clients in both the US and overseas.
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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has continued its bust against fraudulent investment schemes and recently filed a civil enforcement action against five individuals and five companies for a massive forex fraud, involving at least $58 million.

Announced on Friday, the complaint filed at a Florida court includes charges of fraud, misappropriation of funds, and registration violation.

The five named individuals named in the complaint are Jase Davis, Borys Konovalenko, Anna Shymko, Alla Skala, and Timothy Stubbs, all of whom are United States residents. The named companies are Notus LLC, Easy Com LLC, Global E-Advantages LLC, Grovee LLC, and Shopostar LLC, but all of them were operating under the brand ROFX.

Operating as ROFX

In addition, the complaint alleged that the individuals and the companies were operating between January 2018 and September 2021. They operated from the ROFX.net website and claimed to be utilizing a ‘highly successful automated trading robot with guaranteed coverage of losses’.

They targeted customers from both the United States and overseas. Over 1,100 customers opened trading accounts with the platform. Though, it is charged for fraudulently soliciting and misappropriating at least $58 million.

“As alleged, the defendants received at least $58 million from customers during the relevant period, all of which the defendants misappropriated by wiring to non-trading corporate entities in Poland, Thailand and elsewhere, as well as to the individual defendants themselves,” the regulatory announcement stated.

“The complaint also alleges that the companies acted as futures commission merchants by doing business as ROFX, soliciting or accepting orders for retail forex transactions via the ROFX website, and accepting funds in or in connection with such transactions without being registered with the CFTC .”

The regulator is now seeking restitution for the defrauded customers, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and permanent injunctions against further violations.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has continued its bust against fraudulent investment schemes and recently filed a civil enforcement action against five individuals and five companies for a massive forex fraud, involving at least $58 million.

Announced on Friday, the complaint filed at a Florida court includes charges of fraud, misappropriation of funds, and registration violation.

The five named individuals named in the complaint are Jase Davis, Borys Konovalenko, Anna Shymko, Alla Skala, and Timothy Stubbs, all of whom are United States residents. The named companies are Notus LLC, Easy Com LLC, Global E-Advantages LLC, Grovee LLC, and Shopostar LLC, but all of them were operating under the brand ROFX.

Operating as ROFX

In addition, the complaint alleged that the individuals and the companies were operating between January 2018 and September 2021. They operated from the ROFX.net website and claimed to be utilizing a ‘highly successful automated trading robot with guaranteed coverage of losses’.

They targeted customers from both the United States and overseas. Over 1,100 customers opened trading accounts with the platform. Though, it is charged for fraudulently soliciting and misappropriating at least $58 million.

“As alleged, the defendants received at least $58 million from customers during the relevant period, all of which the defendants misappropriated by wiring to non-trading corporate entities in Poland, Thailand and elsewhere, as well as to the individual defendants themselves,” the regulatory announcement stated.

“The complaint also alleges that the companies acted as futures commission merchants by doing business as ROFX, soliciting or accepting orders for retail forex transactions via the ROFX website, and accepting funds in or in connection with such transactions without being registered with the CFTC .”

The regulator is now seeking restitution for the defrauded customers, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and permanent injunctions against further violations.

About the Author: Arnab Shome
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About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab is an electronics engineer-turned-financial editor. He entered the industry covering the cryptocurrency market for Finance Magnates and later expanded his reach to forex as well. He is passionate about the changing regulatory landscape on financial markets and keenly follows the disruptions in the industry with new-age technologies.
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