"We have worked hard to secure and return funds to eligible investors and it is only right that all victims of this insidious scheme should benefit"
The FCA is urging people who lost money in the Churchgate Trading Syndicate and who may be eligible to receive some of their money back to get in contact.
Between June 2009 and February 2011, Stuart Carl Mudge and Anthony John Lewis ran the unauthorised scheme in Newport, South Wales.
The scheme was a Ponzi scheme in which investors were paid returns from other investors’ money. The syndicate claimed that the returns were from loans and spread betting. Investors were guaranteed returns of 15% every quarter and told that their money would be used to trade spread bets. The pair obtained over £8.5m from investors.
In February 2012, the FCA obtained interim injunctions against Mudge and Lewis, freezing their assets and preventing them from operating the Syndicate. Lewis settled on a no fault basis and paid £446,000 to the FCA in 2014. The FCA obtained a High Court order in 2014 requiring Mudge to pay just over £7m to investors. The FCA, having recovered funds, made a distribution in 2016 to the 93 victims whom it was able to trace.
The FCA has approximately £100,000 remaining to distribute to those investors who have not yet claimed their share of the funds recovered. There are five investors whom the FCA has not been able to trace. It is thought that most of them live or lived in or around South Wales.
Mark Steward, executive director of enforcement and market oversight at the FCA, said: "If you believe you were an investor in one of these unauthorised schemes, please get in contact with us. We have worked hard to secure and return funds to eligible investors and it is only right that all victims of this insidious scheme should benefit from our work by claiming the sums due to them as soon as possible."