NEWARK – Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today announced that the New Jersey Bureau of Securities (“the Bureau”) issued a civil Summary Penalty and Cease and Desist Order against Fida Frank Rahman a/k/a Frank Rahman, ClueLess8 Trading, and FAS Holdings, LLC for the offer and sale of $130,000 of unregistered securities, and misuse of investors’ funds.
The Bureau found that Rahman preyed upon aspiring investors by cultivating relationships with them through operation of his “ClueLess8” website and online trading school, which sold memberships for information on different trading strategies.
Specifically, once gaining the trust of investors:
- Rahman solicited them to allow him to trade securities with their money;
- Rahman promised each investor that he would return their investment capital within one year, along with a substantial return on their investments; and
- Rahman illegally sold unregistered securities, acted as an agent without being registered, and engaged in other acts constituting securities fraud.
“The Bureau’s actions send a strong message to businesses and individuals who think that they can disregard New Jersey’s securities laws,” said Acting Attorney General Platkin. “We have a duty to protect investors around the state and we will continue to hold accountable those who try to operate under the radar by failing to register with the Bureau and illegally selling unregistered securities.”
The Bureau found that, quickly after he received the investors’ funds, Rahman used much of the money to pay his personal expenses. He placed the remainder of the investor funds in his own personal brokerage account and incurred substantial trading losses within weeks.
“Rahman lured investors with false statements and material omissions, and used their money to finance his personal expenses,” said Cari Fais, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “Our action today sends a message that those who financially prey on New Jersey investors face serious consequences.”
Rahman’s victims believed his experience as a former Wall Street trader of fourteen years, as advertised on the “ClueLess8” website, provided him with trading expertise and that he was using this expertise on their behalf.
“Rahman led investors to believe that his prior experience as a Wall Street trader would benefit them,” said Amy Kopleton, Acting Bureau Chief. “Only through vigorous enforcement of the securities law can the integrity of the financial services industry be ensured.”
As a result of these violations, the Bureau jointly and severally assessed civil monetary penalties in the amount of $450,000 against Fida Frank Rahman, Fida Frank Rahman d/b/a ClueLess8 and FAS Holdings, LLC.
The Bureau’s investigation was handled by Enforcement Chief Richard Szuch, Supervising Investigator Rachel Glasgow and Investigators Isaac Reyes and Meryl Griff Hubscher of the Bureau of Securities within the Division of Consumer Affairs.
The Bureau is charged with protecting investors from investment fraud and regulating the securities industry in New Jersey. It is critical that investors “Check Before You Invest.” Investors can obtain information, including the registration status and disciplinary history, of any financial professional doing business to or from New Jersey, by contacting the Bureau toll-free within New Jersey at 1-866-I-INVEST (1-866-446-8378) or from outside New Jersey at (973) 504-3600, or by visiting the Bureau’s website at www.NJSecurities.gov. Investors can also contact the Bureau for assistance or to raise issues or complaints about New Jersey-based financial professionals or investments.