Details on PFGBest's Fraud (Part 1)

source: Youtube (see below)
In other financial fraud news, according to the CFTC and FBI, PFGBest's Chairman and CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. has been embezzling millions of dollars from customer accounts for 20 years by occupying the brokerage firm's mail room, forging bank statements on photoshop, and then sending them off to PFG's accountants. The firm currently has $215 million missing from segregated customer accounts.

Below I embedded freaky videos of Wasendorf talking about "sustainable investing" 5 months ago and PFGBest's grand opening 2 years ago. After MF Global misappropriated $1.2 billion of customer funds before going bankrupt, PFGBest's President and COO, Russ Wasendorf Jr., released a statement that said "an independent, certified audit is conducted annually in addition to periodic, regular audits by NFA and information requests from the CFTC and exchange representatives. It is our policy to keep extra funds on deposit in our customer segregation accounts to protect you. Bernie Madoff duped his son as well. It's insane how long these frauds can go on for hidden at the very top.

"Dear PFGBEST customers:

In the wake of MF Global Holdings Ltd. filing for Chapter 11 protection yesterday, and continuing investigation into whether and how MF Global failed to keep clients’ collateral separate from its own accounts, I would like to reaffirm the absolute dedication of PFGBEST to protect you and your PFGBEST accounts.

PFGBEST is not only customer-centric, but compliance-focused. We consider it a privilege to conduct business with you and to be an advocate for you. We abide by all regulations mandated by the CFTC and the rules of NFA to hold customer funds in segregated accounts that are always separate from operational funds. PFGBEST reports daily and monthly to the regulators concerning customer segregated funds. An independent, certified audit is conducted annually in addition to periodic, regular audits by NFA and information requests from the CFTC and exchange representatives.

It is our policy to keep extra funds on deposit in our customer segregation accounts to protect you.

PFGBEST has significant excess capital. Currently, PFGBEST holds 169% of the net capital required by the CFTC and NFA. All PFGBEST capital is held in cash or U.S. Treasury bills. PFGBEST does not use subordinated debt as capital."

"PFGBEST is in communication with regulators and exchanges to assist in any way with solutions for the MF Global customers impacted by recent events.
Thank you."

Here's more from the CFTC:

"CFTC Files Complaint Against Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. and Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr. Alleging Fraud, Misappropriation of Customer Funds, Violation of Customer Fund Segregation Laws, and Making False Statements

Commission Seeks an Order Freezing Assets and Restitution of Customer Funds.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Peregrine Financial Group Inc. (PFG), a registered futures commission merchant, and its owner, Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr. (Wasendorf). The Complaint alleges that PFG and Wasendorf committed fraud by misappropriating customer funds, violated customer fund segregation laws, and made false statements in financial statements filed with the Commission.

The National Futures Association (NFA) is PFG’s Designated Self-Regulatory Organization and is responsible for monitoring and auditing PFG for compliance with the minimum financial and related reporting requirements. According to the Complaint, in July 2012 during an NFA audit, PFG falsely represented that it held in excess of $220 million of customer funds when in fact it held approximately $5.1 million."

Bernie Madoff said in a roundtable discussion in 2007 that "in today's regulatory environment it's virtually impossible to violate rules and that's what the public doesn't understand". Careful out there in finance land!

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