Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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Nov 18 2011 | 10:17am ET
A Florida man has been accused of using a phony hedge fund to lure clients into investing $12.6 million by promising access to highly-sought-after initial public offerings.
John Mattera was arrested yesterday at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. According to prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission, he promised investors that he'd put their money into escrow accounts pending the promised IPOs, for companies such as Facebook and Groupon Inc. But the complaint alleges Mattera's Praetorian Global Fund had none of the promised access, and that he instead spent almost $6 million of investor cash on a luxurious lifestyle, his taxes and to settle a lawsuit.
Mattera was charged with securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, in addition to an SEC lawsuit, which also covers several Mattera associates. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
"As the complaint describes, Mattera told elaborate lies about stock he did not own and about how he would keep investors' money safe," Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in New York, said. "Instead, Mattera took the investors' money to fund his own extravagant lifestyle."
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...