CFTC Fines Minneapolis Futures Broker $100,000 for Fraudulent Misconduct

Christian Robert Mayer has been charged with engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme by the commodities regulator.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on Friday that it has charged futures broker, Christian Robert Mayer with engaging in a fraudulent trading scheme. As a result, Mayer will have to pay a $100,00 civil monetary penalty.

In addition, the US regulator has also placed permanent trading and registration bans on Mayer. The CFTC has charged him with violating the Commodity Exchange Act and has ordered him to cease from further violations.

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Mayer was a registered Associated Person of a Minneapolis Commodity Trading Advisor and Introducing Broker (IB). Between October 29, 2014, and September 28, 2016, he was found to be engaged in a fraudulent trading scheme which involved unauthorized trades in cattle, crude oil, and wheat futures contracts.

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Mayer’s tactics

After making said trades, Mayer would then transfer the profitable trades to his own account, while leaving the losing trades in the client’s accounts. Then, he would log onto the online portal of the Futures Commission Merchant that carried all the accounts and report that the reason for the trade transfer request was because he had placed the trade in the wrong account.

According to the statement from the commodities watchdog, when the IB realized what Mayer was doing, it reacted immediately and refunded the defrauded customers up to $105,090 in total. This amount is the total of losing trades Mayer left in the affected customers’ accounts and the profitable trades that he transferred into his own account.

James McDonald, CFTC
James McDonald

Commenting on the fine and order, James McDonald, Director of the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement, said: “Introducing Brokers serve an important role in connecting customers to our futures markets.  But these customers are entitled to trust that the brokers will handle their trades honestly. When the brokers do not—but instead defraud their own customers as respondent did here—the Commission will vigorously pursue that misconduct.”

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