Unregistered Forex broker JAFX agrees to pay $600,000 to settle CFTC charges

Maria Nikolova

Counsel for the CFTC and JAFX have engaged in good-faith discussions concerning a negotiated resolution of issues raised in the Commission’s complaint.

Less than one month after the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) indicated it was close to reaching a settlement in a case targeting unregistered FX broker JAFX, the parties have filed a proposed consent order with the Utah District Court.

The document, seen by FinanceFeeds, states that Counsel for the Commission and JAFX have engaged in good-faith discussions concerning a negotiated resolution of issues raised in the

Commission’s Complaint. As a result of those negotiations, the Commission and JAFX have agreed to the entry of a Supplemental Consent Order of Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable and Statutory Relief.

The proposed order provides that JAFX shall pay a civil monetary penalty of $600,000. The proposed Supplemental Consent Order resolves all issues remaining.

The CFTC and JAFX jointly move the Court to enter the Supplemental Consent Order, and to provide the parties any further and additional relief as the Court deems just and appropriate.

Let’s recall that the CFTC charged JAFX, an offshore company claiming to operate from St Vincent and the Grenadines and Bulgaria, with violating the Commodity Exchange Act and Commission Regulations.

The CFTC Complaint against the broker says that, beginning in at least September 2016, JAFX has offered retail Forex services to customers in the United States. The entity has never been registered as a retail foreign exchange dealer (RFED) or in any other capacity with the CFTC.

The CFTC notes it has not received any application from JAFX. The US regulator alleges that JAFX operates as an unregistered foreign exchange dealer and has failed to provide a disclosure statement.

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