New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Hedge fund manager Ray M. White and his company, CRW Management, LP, have been charged today by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of swindling at least $10.9 million from over 250 investors through an alleged Ponzi scheme.
The complaint alleges that the Mansfield, Texas-based White, told investors their funds would be traded in the forex market and the strategy would reap returns of up to 416 percent annually.
Instead, White and CRW pocketed millions of dollars to fund a rampant spending spree which included homes, cars, Dallas Stars season tickets and the sponsorship of a drag racing team.
Out of the $10.9 million in initial capital they received, White and CRW used only $94,000 for forex trades. Ponzi schemes cease to work when new money coming in dries up; preventing the manager from paying back "returns" to anymore existing investors.
Christopher White and Hurricane Motorsports, LLC are also named by the CFTC as recipients of a portion of these funds in which they are not entitled to.
In the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Judge Ed Kinkeade set the next hearing for March 11, while freezing assets and permitting the CFTC to seize records.
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