Commodity Options Scheme Fetches Trader $600,000 Fine

May 25, 2012 9:59 AM EDT
A trader was hit with a $600,000 fine and banned from trading for engaging in a scheme to avoid margin calls when placing orders on commodity options on the NYME and the CME. The CFTC accused Kent R.E. Whitney of perpetrating margin call avoidance by using out-of-the-money options, which have no intrinsic value. He is also being accused of making false statements to the CME and others.

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