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Wonderful Wealth Group Convicted for Unlawful Dealing in Securities

Jul 10, 2020 | Compliance Updates, iComply Insights

Former officer of unregistered asset manager fined $20,000

What Happened?

July 9, 2020: Former officer of Wonderful Wealth Group Limited Mr. Simon Chan Ying Ming was convicted by The Eastern Magistrates’ Court of Hong Kong for unlawful dealing in futures contracts and asset management. The criminal prosecution was brought by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)

In 2012, Chan solicited two individuals to invest in a WWGL-operated investment scheme that guaranteed a 5% return in three months’ time and involved their funds being used to trade futures contracts and options. As a result, the investors lost over $700,000.

Source: https://www.sfc.hk/edistributionWeb/gateway/EN/news-and-announcements/news/doc?refNo=20PR67

 

Who Is Impacted?

Investors who trusted their funds to the unlicensed asset manager. The SFC reminds investors to check the SFC’s Public Register of Licensed Persons and Registered Institutions on the SFC website before investing to ensure that the people who provide dealing services in futures contracts and asset management are properly licensed.

 

Why This Matters?

This case is another reminder of how important it is to ensure that anybody soliciting investments is properly licensed.

 

What’s Next?

Chan pleaded guilty to all four charges and is now required to pay a $20,000 fine, as well as the Securities and Futures Commission’s investigation costs

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