The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Allowed Ponzimonium To Happen

In a telephone conference today, Bart Chilton, the commissioner of the Washington-based Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) referred to the recent discovery of unprecedented numbers of ponzi schemes as “rampant Ponzimonium.” According to a Reuters article published today, Mr. Childers was making a play on the word “Lollapalooza,” a popular music festival. In that article, Mr. Chilton was…

The IRS Aids Taxpayers Who Are Victims Of Investment Fraud Schemes

Thousands of U.S. taxpayers have fallen victim to investment fraud schemes, often losing their entire life savings, and now the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to assist taxpayers by articulating  how to handle the complex issues facing these taxpayers when filing their taxes. On March 17, 2009, the Commissioner of the IRS, Doug Shulman, testified before the Senate Finance Committee…

Securities and Exchange Commission Warns Investors of Government Impersonators

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a warning to investors and financial service firms that there are con-artists claiming to be SEC employees seeking sensitive information to use to defraud. These fraudsters have tricked individuals into revealing private information and, in some cases, into sending money and other assets to the fraudster. Further, these con-artists…