Faux Billionaire Hedge Fund Supervisor Ran Ponzi Rip-off, US Says


(Bloomberg) — A former Chicago commodities dealer was arrested and charged with fraud for mendacity to purchasers about all the things from a non-existent assortment of 122 luxurious automobiles to phony returns that exceeded 200%. 

Phillip Galles, 57, was charged in a legal criticism unsealed Thursday with a single depend of wire fraud for allegedly stealing greater than $2 million from victims whose cash he falsely claimed he was investing in commodity futures, based on a press release by New Jersey US Lawyer Philip Sellinger. 

Prosecutors say Galles made nearly no investments of any variety. As a substitute, he was working his agency as a Ponzi scheme, utilizing the cash to repay early buyers and for his personal private bills, based on the federal government.

Galles appeared in court docket in Chicago and stays in custody, based on Sellinger’s workplace. A lawyer for Galles couldn’t be situated for remark.

Picassos and Chagalls

The Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee additionally sued Galles on Thursday in Chicago federal court docket. In keeping with the regulator, he informed potential purchasers that his agency, Tyche Asset Administration, was closely staffed with former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. staff, and had “within the US $275 million below administration, and $1.7 billion offshore.”

Galles allegedly claimed a “well-known proprietor of an expert sports activities staff,” who will not be recognized in court docket papers, and a Kuwaiti sovereign-wealth fund had been considering investing with Tyche. He stated annual returns had been as excessive as 363.29%, based on the federal government. 

In keeping with prosecutors, Galles made a lot of his claims to 2 undercover legislation enforcement brokers posing as potential buyers.

To buttress his claims of wealth and success, Galles additionally made grandiose claims about his way of life, based on the CFTC. He allegedly informed potential buyers that his automobile assortment included a number of Lamborghinis and Ferraris and that he had luxurious houses in Chicago, Miami and London embellished with work by Picasso and Chagall. 

Rented Luxurious Automobiles

Galles additionally stated Tyche had a number of workplaces and at one time claimed it had greater than 100 staff, based on the CFTC. He allegedly informed folks he had been valedictorian of a “prestigious US college.”

The identical day that one alleged sufferer, a Texas mortgage skilled, wired him $100,000 to take a position, Galles transferred $19,300 for a private bank card invoice, $14,800 to a jewellery retailer, $10,000 to an earlier investor, $9,000 to a mattress retailer, $6,000 to a luxurious automobile rental firm and $3,200 to his girlfriend, based on prosecutors.

When one sufferer tried to redeem $190,000 of her funding, Galles informed her “amongst different issues, that he had switched banks, Tyche had been the sufferer of fraud, banks and wire funds weren’t working correctly, and he was ailing,” based on the federal government.

The circumstances are US v. Galles, 23-mj-08076, US District Court docket, District of New Jersey; Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee v. Galles, 23-cv-02970, US District Court docket, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).


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