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Monday, August 10, 2015

NY RESIDENT AND COMPANY CHARGED BY CFTC WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO NFA

FROM:  U.S. COMMODITIES FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 
CFTC Charges New York Resident Gary Creagh and his Company, Wall Street Pirate Management, LLC, with Making False Statements to the National Futures Association

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the filing of an enforcement action charging Defendants Gary Creagh and Wall Street Pirate Management, LLC (Wall Street Pirate), both of New York, New York, with making false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or omissions to the National Futures Association (NFA) in statutorily required reports and during an NFA audit, in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). Both Wall Street Pirate and Creagh, the managing member and sole employee of Wall Street Pirate, were registered with the CFTC at the time of the conduct.

The CFTC Complaint, filed on August 5, 2015, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges that, from at least December 2011 through September 2013, Creagh willfully made false statements or representations to the NFA and concealed material information from the NFA. Specifically, Creagh falsely represented to the NFA on multiple occasions that the commodity pool he operated on behalf of Wall Street Pirate was not active, despite the fact that he had accepted funds from prospective pool participants and actively traded commodity futures on behalf of the commodity pool, according to the Complaint. The CFTC Complaint also charges that Wall Street Pirate, by and through Creagh, failed to maintain required books and records and provide account statements and privacy notices to pool participants.

The NFA is a Chicago-based futures association, which is registered with the CFTC and serves as an industry self-regulatory organization. Pursuant to the CEA, the NFA is responsible, under CFTC oversight, for certain aspects of the regulation of futures entities and their associated persons.

In its continuing litigation against the Defendants, the CFTC seeks disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, restitution to defrauded customers, a civil monetary penalty, permanent trading and registration bans, and a permanent injunction against further violations of the federal commodities laws, as charged.

CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Jonah E. McCarthy, Timothy J. Mulreany, Patricia Gomersall, and Paul G. Hayeck.

The CFTC would like to thank the NFA for its cooperation in this matter.

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