Ponzi Scheme Leads to Feds Freezing Atoka Man's Assets
A Ponzi scheme involving at least $460,000 of misappropriated funds leads to federal regulators freezing an Atoka man’s assets. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has accused Jeremiah C. Yancy, aka Jeremiah C. Glaub, of running an investment scheme.
According to the complaint, many of the unsuspecting investors were members of an Idaho church where Yancy served as a pastor.
Yancy’s Houston-based company, Longbranch Group International, LLC, has also been listed in the complaint. Yancy allegedly solicited investors by offering them a 20 to 40 percent monthly return by investing in his fund. The fund was supposed to invest in off-exchange foreign currency contracts. However, most of the contracts lost money.
Yancy and his company have also been accused of sending statements to investors showing high profits from trades in excessive of $10 million. However, the complaint alleges that the accounts were demonstration or test accounts and did not reflect actual trading activity.
The Ponzi scheme allegation was triggered after Yancy was believed to have used a portion of the funds to pay another investor. The Atoka man has been ordered to appear in U.S. District Court on September 1, 2010, for a preliminary injunction hearing.
On a side note, the state of Idaho entered a $1.1 million judgment against Yancy and his company, Idaho Development Group Inc, in January 2010. He apparently did not respond to filings against him, which alleged that he and his company violated Idaho securities laws.