Orders Dallas Man to Pay Over $1.4M in Restitution, Penalty Over Texas Securities Scam Involving Forex Commodity Pool

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission says that a federal court has issued a supplemental Consent Order of Permanent Injunction mandating that Steven Lyn Scott pay over $760,000 in restitution, a $700K penalty, as well as post-judgment interest for his involvement in a Forex commodity pool scam. It was the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas that put out the order, which comes after a CFTC enforcement action charged the Dallas resident with customer fund misappropriation, solicitation fraud, and registration violations related to running a commodity pool scam.

According to The Court, from early January 2009 through at least the end of March 2011, Scott fraudulently solicited a minimum of $1,146,000 from over 40 pool participants for their involvement in pool investment vehicles that were to trade in contracts, off-exchange agreements, or transactions in foreign currency on a margined or leveraged basis. Many of the participants lived in Texas and included his friends, relatives, and others.

A May 5, 2014 Consent Order, issued earlier by this same court, noted that Scott invoked the name of his entity Stewardship Financial Exchange when pursuing pool participants. He is accused of guaranteeing returns of 2-5% a month for participants that signed up for six months.

The Order found that instead of trading the funds of pool participants, Scott misappropriated a chunk of the money into his corporate and personal accounts and then used the cash to cover his own spending. He also took participants’ money to pay supposed interest and principal to participants, much like in a Ponzi scam.

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Federal Court in Texas Orders Dallas-based Steven Lyn Scott to Pay $766,625.30 in Restitution and a $700,000 Penalty to Settle Charges of Solicitation Fraud, Misappropriation, and Registration Violations in Connection with a Forex Commodity Pool Scheme, CFTC, December 22, 2014

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