Patrick H. Rakotonanahary Sentenced To Prison For Forex Scheme That Defrauded Investors In Hawaii And On The U.S. Mainland; Case Was One Of The First Brought By Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
A Florida resident charged with defrauding investors in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland has been sentenced to 90 months in federal prison, ordered to begin serving his sentence immediately and make restitution — and advised he faces deportation to Madagascar upon his release from a U.S. prison.
The case against Patrick H. Rakotonanahary, 34, of Punta Gorda, was one of the first assembled by President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. He was sued civilly by the CFTC and charged criminally by the FBI in March 2010 with 21 counts of wire fraud, amid allegations he operated a forex Ponzi scheme and pocketed $1 million for himself.
The scheme affected about 100 investors, most of them residents of Hawaii, state and federal investigators said. The state of Hawaii also sued Rakotonanahary.
Rakotonanahary operated a company known as Cyber Market Group LLC, which marketed a Forex scheme that purported to pay investors up to 10 percent interest per week. The scheme netted more than $10.2 million.
Only minimal Forex trading occurred — and the trading that did occur resulted in losses, authorities said. The scheme sustained itself in typical Ponzi fashion.
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