Forex Fraudster Charged

Feb 3 2006 | 12:00am ET

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed charges against hedge fund manager Alexsander Efrosman, who also goes by the name Alex Besser, alleging that he committed fraud in regards to the sale of foreign currency futures contracts.

The regulatory agency has also filed charges against two funds that the New York-based hedge fund manager runs, Century Maxim Fund and AJR Capital. The CFTC alleges that between April 2004 and June 2005 the defendant collected more than $5 million dollars from as many as 110 customers for the purpose of trading managed accounts in forex futures contracts not traded by a registered entity, as is required by law. Efrosman has a history of fraudulent behavior.

In 2000 he was extradited to the U.S. from France where he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of mail and wire fraud in relation to a different forex trading scheme. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

The new charges allege that immediately after he was released from prison, he started plotting his new scheme. The regularity agency is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, a freeze of defendants’ funds, restitution for defrauded customers, civil monetary and disgorgement penalties. 


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