View Full Version : Brokerage Firm, Missing Over $200 Million

07-11-2012, 12:49 AM
The theft on Wall St continues unabated.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">CHICAGO/NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) - More than $200 million in customer funds appears to be missing from the accounts of U.S. futures broker PFGBest, regulators said on Monday just hours after the firm's founder attempted suicide outside the company's Iowa headquarters.

The suicide attempt and missing money renewed anxiety over the stability of the brokerage industry less than a year after the collapse of much larger MF Global. PFGBest told customers their funds had been frozen and clients would be allowed to liquidate open trading positions, but would not be able to withdraw funds or make new trades until further notice.

The National Futures Association (NFA), an industry group that also plays a regulatory role, said it had issued an emergency order to effectively freeze PFGBest's operations after finding that a U.S. bank account the broker said contained $225 million in customer funds actually held only $5 million.

"It appears that PFG does not have sufficient assets to meet its obligations to its customers," the NFA said.

The disclosure came hours after owner Russell Wasendorf Sr., a 40-year veteran of futures markets, was found in his car near the company's new headquarters, having apparently attempted suicide. He is in critical condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals, according to local news reports. </div></div>

Its not like anyone knew there was something wrong at this firm.........right?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">One former employee of the firm said he had grown concerned that Wasendorf did not do more to distance the company from a massive $194 million forex-trading Ponzi scheme run by Trevor Cook in Minnesota, who admitted defrauding more than 700 investors. Cook is serving 25 years in prison.

In February PFGBest, which had acted as Cook's broker, was fined $700,000 by the NFA for failing to notice the scheme. The company was subsequently sued for $48 million by the receiver rounding up the assets from Cook's scheme.

The NFA said on Monday that on June 29, PFGBest clearing unit Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) told the NFA that it held $400 million in customer segregated funds, of which more than $225 million was on deposit at an unnamed U.S. bank.

But on Monday, after receiving information that PFG's founder and owner may have falsified bank records, the NFA said that only $5 million was on account at the bank days earlier. It also said that previous bank balances from February 2010 and March 2011, reported in excess of $200 million, may in fact have held less than $10 million at those times. </div></div>

link (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/pfgbest-brokerage-customer-funds-suicide-wasendorf_n_1660673.html?ir=Business)


07-11-2012, 02:37 AM
Yeah but they need more freedom from government regulation. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

07-11-2012, 04:27 AM
Yet y'all continue to give a pass to MFGlobal ... ran by a key regime member ... without any sense of shame.

07-11-2012, 01:58 PM
I don't think anybody here gave MFGlobal any kind of pass. It was universally condemned, including here, as I recall.

And they've found almost all the money and returned what they've found, intact, from what I've read. Boneheaded transfers to the wrong stakeholders in MFGlobal for whatever reason, criminal or not.

07-11-2012, 02:49 PM
Please cite where it was universally condemned.

07-11-2012, 05:11 PM
Please cite anyone alibiing it, or approving it.

It was shocking as all admitted, whether or not they got around to condemning it.

(I cannot find any post here on the subject in the archive search, although that cannot be correct.)