Yancy and Longbranch charged with operating a million dollar forex Ponzi scheme and misappropriating customer funds.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it obtained an emergency court order freezing assets held by defendants Jeremiah C. Yancy (a/k/a Jeremiah C. Glaub) of Atoka, Okla. and his company, Longbranch Group International LLC (a/k/a Longbranch LLC) (Longbranch) of Houston, Texas. The court’s order also prohibits the destruction of books and records and grants the CFTC immediate access to such documents.
The order stems from a CFTC enforcement action filed on August 18, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, charging Yancy and Longbranch with operating a Ponzi scheme that solicited at least 64 persons, including members of the church in which Yancy served as pastor. The complaint specifically alleges that the defendants solicited more than $1 million from at least 36 of the customers to invest in off-exchange foreign currency (forex) contracts and misappropriated at least $462,000 of customers’ funds.
Yancy and Longbranch told prospective customers that they managed forex trading for non-profit organizations, including churches and orphanages, the CFTC complaint charges. Further, the complaint alleges that the defendants solicited customers through various “fund-raising entities” to trade forex and invest in their other financial schemes. The defendants allegedly made misrepresentations to prospective customers through telephone conference calls set up by the “fund-raising entities.” These entities also passed defendants’ misrepresentations to customers via email.
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