Commodity Options Fraud Charges by CFTC Prompts District Court to Freeze Assets and Records of 20/20 Trading Co. Inc. & 20/20 Precious Metals Inc.

Following the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s decision to charge 20/20 Precious Metals Inc. and 20/20 Trading Co. Inc. with commodity options fraud and other violations, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has frozen the assets and records of the defendants. The commission contends that since 2006, the defendants defrauded prospective clients and customers of at least $4M.

Also named as defendants are Bharat Adatia, Todd Krejci, and Sharief McDowell. They and 20/20 Precious Metals are accused of unlawfully offering, entering, or confirming leveraged copper and palladium transactions. The three employees and 20/20 Trading allegedly committed fraud related to purported leveraged metals transactions.

The CFTC also claims that from 1/1/2006 through 10/2009, 20/20 Trading, McDowell, and Adatia made fraudulent solicitations to the public to sell and buy commodity options through 20/20 Trading while failing to disclose that the complex trades they were recommending made the chances of profit not likely if not impossible. Of the nearly $3.8M that 20/20 customers are said to have lost, about 63% of that went to 20/20 Trading commissions. Over $1.9M was lost by almost half of 20/20 Trading customers, who used individual retirement account funds to open accounts.

After 20/20 Trading closed in October 2009, Adatia established 20/20 Precious Metals. The CFTC says that Adatia closed 20/20 Trading after finding out that the National Futures Association was looking at the company for possible NFA rule violations. The agency says that as customers deposited over $1 million, 20/20 Precious Metals made over $400,000 in commissions.

Related Web Resources:
CFTC Files Anti-Fraud Action against California Companies 20/20 Trading Company, Inc. and 20/20 Precious Metals, Inc. and their Employees, Bharat Adatia, Sharief McDowell and Todd Krejci, CFTC, April 28, 2011
Read the CFTC Order (PDF)

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