CFTC Halts Forex Ponzi Scheme by CMA Capital Management

CMA Capital Management and owner Claudio Aliaga ran a $4.5 million Ponzi scheme, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) claims in Federal Court. It sued Claudio Aliaga and his unregistered company, CMA Capital Management, of Miami Lakes.

Aliaga, of Davie, Fla., promised to pay returns of 2 to 3 percent per month, but used new money to pay off old investors and sent his suckers false account statements that concealed the losses on trades he did make, the CFTC says. The agency claims he took $4.5 million from 125 private investors, but deposited less than $2 million of it into forex trading accounts. He took another $2.2 million from retail investors.

Aliaga sent his customers’ money to his own Swiss accounts, spent it on “two luxury cars”, travel, his mortgage and other things for himself, took $438,000 in cash, and sent along another $1 million to his wife, Betty Aliaga, a relief defendant, the CFTC says.

In soliciting actual and prospective to invest funds, Defendants, directly and through others, made the following fraudulent omissions and misrepresentations, among others:

  • The omission that Aliaga misappropriated customer funds;
  • The omission that customer funds were not all used for forex trading;
  • That Aliaga was a successful forex trader;
  • That Aliaga’s forex trading generated sufficient returns to consistently pay customers 2-3% returns per month; and
  • That there was no risk of loss of customers’ principal.

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