CFTC Files Charges in Alleged California Ponzi Scam Involving the Fraudulent Solicitation of $14 million in Commodity Futures

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is charging Increase Investments Inc., Spirit Investments, and Scott Bottolfson with securities fraud. The CFTC contends that the defendants solicited about $14 million from 30 individuals for investments in two commodity trading pools that traded options on commodity futures and commodity futures contracts. Increase and Spirit allegedly ran the pools. The commission is seeking restitution for the investment fraud victims, fines, the return of ill-gotten gains, trading and registration bans, and permanent injunctions against future violations of federal commodities laws.

The CFTC contends that from 2002 through August 2010, Bottolfson made false and misleading statements to draw in prospective investors. He is accused of promising a 20% fixed-rate return and making it appear as if the commodity futures investments were not only guaranteed, but also that they protected, risk-free, and profitable.

Investors went on to sustain about $845,000 in trading losses. About $2.97 million had been placed in the commodity pool trading accounts. The CFTC is accusing Bottolfson of allegedly misappropriating about $11 million of investors’ money to pay pool participants their “profits,” as well as cover some of his personal expenses.

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LTD LLP Partner and Stockbroker Fraud Lawyer Robert Kantas says, “Our firm currently represents a group of investors in the Los Angeles area that were defrauded in a similar scheme.” If you are someone who suffered losses as a result of an investment scam, contact our securities fraud law firm immediately. We are committed to helping investors recoup their losses.

Related Web Resources:
CFTC Charges California Resident Scott Bottolfson with Operating a $14 Million Commodity Pool Ponzi Scheme, CFTC, January 11, 2011
Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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