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September 25, 2014

The CFTC entered an order requiring Louis J. Ferone, of Miami, Florida to pay restitution of $55,442 to customers and a $100,000 civil monetary penalty for engaging in illegal, off-exchange precious metals transactions.  CFTC

September 25, 2014

The CFTC filed a federal complaint charging Gregory Christopher Evans with unauthorized trading and concealing trading losses.  CFTC

September 24, 2014

The CFTC ordered Kennith Wayne Thrasher and Kennith Luke Thrasher to pay a $525,000 penalty for violating speculative position limits in live cattle futures.  CFTC

September 24, 2014

Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act through improper marketing and promotion of several drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and ulcerative colitis  Several former employees will receive a whistleblower award in an undisclosed amount. DOJ

September 23, 2014

The CFTC settled charges against Todd Young of Atlanta, Georgia, and his company, Young Scott & Associates, for engaging in illegal, off-exchange precious metals transactions, requiring restitution of $162,487 to their customers and imposing permanent registration and trading bans.  CFTC

September 23, 2014

The CFTC filed a federal complaint charging Ohio's John Bullar and his company, Executive Management Advisors LLC, with fraud and embezzlement in operating a $8 million commodity pool and ponzi scheme.  CFTC

September 18, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 46 states and the District of Columbia have reach a settlement agreement with Minnesota-based company Medtronic to resolve claims under the False Claims Act that Medtronic improperly induced physicians to recommend Medtronic devices to treat cardiac rhythmic disease. New York led a national team composed of members from Oregon, Texas and California to negotiate the settlement. The federal government settled its matter in May of this year. The agreement requires Medtronic to pay the settling states $362,362 which will go to those states’ Medicaid programs. The matter was brought by a whistleblower, Adolfo Schroeder. NYAG

September 17, 2014

The CFTC issued an order settling charges against Sean F. McCabe, a resident of Sunny Isles, Florida, and his company, WorldPMX, Inc., for engaging in illegal, off-exchange precious metals transactions and for operating WorldPMX as an unregistered Futures Commission Merchant (FCM).  The order requires McCabe and WorldPMX jointly to pay restitution totaling $1,048,807 and a civil monetary penalty of $140,000, and imposes permanent registration and trading bans on McCabe and WorldPMX.  CFTC

September 16, 2014

The CFTC has revoked the registrations of  SAC LLC and SAC LP for convictions upon guilty pleas to felony charges of wire fraud and securities fraud.  CFTC

September 16, 2014

The CFTC filed a complaint against Glen Galemmo of Cincinnati, Ohio, charging him with operating a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme through his firm, QFC, LLC, from February 2010 through at least July 2013 and alleging millions of dollars in fraud.  CFTC
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