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High Court orders Ponzi trio to pay £115m to the FSA

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High Court orders Ponzi trio to pay £115m to the FSA

Following a hearing at the High Court yesterday, a trio of illegal deposit takers have been ordered to pay approximately £115m to the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

John Anderson, Kenneth Peacock and Kautilya Nandan Pruthi were ordered to pay the sum in relation to their activities in unlawfully accepting deposits without authorisation from the FSA.   
The City of London police are still investigating the scam that the group are thought to be involved in – which could turn out to be the largest UK Ponzi scheme.
The FSA will be seeking to enforce the judgment and return money that can be retrieved to investors who had dealings with Pruthi, Anderson and Peacock.
The ruling follows another High Court judgment on 25 March 2010 which ruled that Pruthi, Anderson and Peacock, under their trading styles of: Business Consulting International, John Anderson Consulting and Kenneth Peacock Consulting, were in breach of section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and unlawfully accepted deposits from UK consumers.
The Judge ordered Pruthi to pay £89,798,938.42, Anderson £13,197,076.15 and Peacock £11,645,052.99.
Margaret Cole, director of enforcement and financial crime at the FSA, said: “As the Judge commented in his ruling the FSA took quick and decisive action against Pruthi, Anderson and Peacock and was entirely justified in intervening, using the full force of the legislation, to bring the scheme to a speedy conclusion and prevent further consumers being cheated.
“However, this case again emphasises the importance of taking care to ensure that any firm or individual consumers deal with are authorised or approved by the FSA.  Authorisation offers consumers valuable protection and access to complaints and compensation arrangements should anything go wrong.”
Investors should be aware that previous experience in cases of this type suggests that it is unlikely that money owed to investors by Pruthi, Anderson and Peacock will be repaid in part or at all.

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