Florida firm charged with $1.8M in commodity pool case

21 alleged victims in case

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it filed a civil enforcement action against Jose S. Rubio (Rubio) and Rubio Wealth Management, LLC (RWM) of Surfside and Coral Gables, Fla., respectively. The CFTC complaint charges Rubio and RWM with defrauding investors in connection with operating a commodity pool to trade commodity futures and off-exchange foreign currency (forex) contracts. The CFTC complaint also charges Rubio with making false statements to pool participants, misappropriating pool funds, commingling investor funds with those of RWM, failing to register as a commodity pool operator, and failing to produce documents to the CFTC.

The CFTC complaint, filed June 7, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that from at least January 2008 through the present, Rubio and RWM solicited and accepted at least $1.8 million from at least 21 individuals in connection with their commodity pool. According to the complaint, Rubio and RWM lost in excess of $900,000 through trading and misappropriated at least $820,000 of participants’ funds.

Rubio allegedly made misrepresentations when soliciting and accepting pool participants’ funds. Rubio and RWM allegedly misappropriated some of those funds and used some investor funds to repay other investors, in the manner of a Ponzi scheme. The complaint also alleges that Rubio commingled investor funds with those of RWM, failed to register with the CFTC, and failed to produce documents to the CFTC.

The complaint alleges that, to conceal and perpetuate the fraud, Rubio failed to provide annual financial statements to pool participants and provided at least one pool participant with false investment performance documents that failed to disclose trading losses and misappropriation.

In its continuing litigation, the CFTC seeks civil monetary penalties, restitution, trading and registration bans, and preliminary and permanent injunctions against further violations of the federal commodities laws, as charged.

The CFTC appreciates the assistance of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are Christopher Giglio, David Oakland, Nathan Ploener, Manal Sultan, Lenel Hickson, Steve Obie, and Vincent McGonagle.

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