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CFTC files charges against Ponzi scheme worth $145 Million


Between October 2020 and May 2022 at least 43 p[ool participants transferred around $470,780 to Yas Castellum LLC to participate in its supposed commodity pool after misrepresented historical trading records or how their funds were going to handled and traded. Furthermore, Brisco and Yas Castellum LLC, assisted by Sims, transferred the funds to entities Tran controlled.

In June 2022, Brisco closed Yas Castellum LLC to establish Yas Castellum Financial LLC. He was engaged in the same misrepresentations and omissions as the previous company. Under the new entity, he obtained $1.5 million from 57 pool participants and misappropriated the funds agaub by transferring most of them to a Tran-controlled entity and paid himself for trading profits that did not exist.

Story, Safranko, and SAEG’s role was knowingly submitted falsified bank statements to the National Futures Association (NFA) to conceal Tran’s scheme from regulators.

Restraining order and penalty

On 6 February the court granted a statutory restraining order against the defendants and froze their assets, giving the CFTC access to their books and records.

The US watchdog now seeks to recover the investors’ funds civil monetary penalties and…

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