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May 27, 2016

Posted  May 27, 2016

New Jersey assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against a Hudson County couple and their bogus private investment fund management company for selling sham securities and using more than $500,000 of investors’ funds to buy luxury cars, expensive clothing and jewelry, and other personal items. West New York residents Alcibiades Cifuentes, his wife, Jennifer Wee Cifuentes, and Cifuentes Fund Management, LLC (“CFM”) violated the State’s Uniform Securities Law by offering investors unregistered securities in the form of investment contracts and/or purported limited partnership interests in the couple’s “investment,” according to the Bureau’s Summary Order. The Cifuenteses held themselves out as the principals of CFM, which they claimed was a private investment fund management company that invested in foreign currencies. Neither the Cifuenteses nor CFM are registered with the Bureau in any capacity. Since May 2013, the pair through CFM, raised at least $553,969 from at least 24 unsuspecting domestic and foreign investors, at least 11 of whom were offered and sold the unregistered securities to or from New Jersey. NJ

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