August 23, 2021
was ordered to pay $16.2 million
in restitution to resolve claims arising from his operation of BullionDirect, Inc.
, which promised customers that it would purchase precious metals on their behalf, and deliver or store that metal. In fact, however, McCallister and BullionDirect did not purchase or store metal for customers, but instead misappropriated customer funds to pay back other customers, cover business expenses, and invest in other businesses. Defendants sent false account statements to customers to conceal the fraud. In 2019, McAllister was sentenced to 10 years
in prison. CFTC