Federal Court Orders William S. Evans III and Wife to Pay $17 Million

Federal Court Orders Kentucky Resident William S. Evans III and wife Frances Evans d.b.a. Turning Point Investments to Pay $17 Million for Defrauding Commodity Futures Clients.

Washington, DC (STL.News) The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky entered a consent order for permanent injunction, restitution, and disgorgement against William S. Evans III (d/b/a Turning Point Investments) of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and Evans’ wife, Frances Evans.  The court imposed almost $17 million in relief for the defendant’s wrongdoing, including his misappropriation of client money intended for futures trading.

The order requires that Evans pay restitution of $16,934,773.40 and Evans and his wife to disgorge $10,040,418.44.  The order also imposes permanent trading and registration bans.  Finally, the judgment resolves a CFTC enforcement case filed on May 28, 2020.

Case Background

According to the order, since approximately September 2018, Evans solicited and accepted at least $10.6 million from participants with numerous misrepresentations, including that he would use their funds to trade commodity futures, when in fact, Evans misappropriated the funds for his personal use and to pay participants in a Ponzi-like scheme.  He also misrepresented his fee structure and the likelihood of profits and risks.  The order also states that Evans acted in a capacity requiring him to register with the CFTC as a Commodity Pool Operator, but Evans was not registered, as required.

The CFTC cautions that orders requiring repayment of funds to victims may not result in the recovery of any money lost because the wrongdoers may not have sufficient funds or assets.  Nevertheless, the CFTC will continue to fight vigorously for the protection of customers and to ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable.

The CFTC appreciates the cooperation and assistance of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The following CFTC Division of Enforcement staff members responsible for this case are:

Candy Haan
Heather Dasso
Venice Bickham
David Terrell
Scott R. Williamson
Robert T. Howell

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