Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charges Argentine Investment Adviser With Defrauding Investors in $43.8 Million International Scam

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is charging Diego Mariano Rolando, an Argentine investment adviser, for his role in a $43.8 scheme that defrauded some 400 investors in the United States, South America, and Europe. Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut issued a restraining order to freeze his assets.

According to the CFTC, Rolando allegedly engaged in the following activities:

• Fraudulent trading of customer funds in options contracts and commodity futures.
• Provided investors with fraudulent account statements.
• Gave a U.S. clearing firm false customer contact information to prevent investors from discovering the scam.

The CFTC says that Rolando went online to solicit clients through Roclerman.com and IATrading.com. He told those he contacted that he could trade securities for them. The CFTC is charging Rolando with providing clients with materials about their investments that contained “misrepresentations and omissions of fact.”

The CFTC says that Rolando solicited about $48.8 million through the scam. The commission is seeking a number of sanctions, including a permanent injunction, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, restitution to investors, and a civil financial penalty.

If you are an investor that wishes to obtain financial restitution because of losses you incurred due to the fraudulent misconduct of a broker or an investment adviser, you should speak with a stockbroker fraud lawyer immediately. Shepherd Smith and Edwards dedicates its legal practice to helping professionals like you recover your financial losses. We represent stockbroker fraud clients in the U.S., as well as internationally. Contact Shepherd Smith and Edwards for your free consultation today.

Related Web Resources:

CFTC Charges Argentine Trader With Fraud, FIN Alternatives, January 17, 2008
Read the Court Order in the Case (PDF)

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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