FCA recover money for victims of unauthorised deposit-taking and CIS
FCA returns funds to victims of unauthorised deposit taking and collective investment schemes
The FCA has obtained High Court Approval to return £3.42 million to compensate victims of a series of unauthorised deposit taking and collective investment schemes.
The schemes were run by Samuel and Shantelle Golding and their companies Digital Wealth Limited also known as Digital Wealth Society (DWS) and Outsourcing Express Limited (OEL) also known as Kerchiing.
Between 2015 and 2017, the schemes alleged to involve the online purchase of wholesale goods from China for onward sale and promised unrealistically high returns, in some cases up to 100% of the amount invested. No significant trading was conducted and the schemes relied on a continuous flow of new investors to fund existing investors’ returns. Samuel and Shantelle Golding admitted to the Court they were personally involved in these contraventions.
The schemes raised just over £15m from over 1,000 individual accounts. The FCA took immediate enforcement action on learning about the schemes and prevented the disposal of the remaining funds. Despite this action, a shortfall of £3,285,413 was identified in the DWS deposit taking scheme and £834,402 in the OEL collective investment scheme.
The FCA has recovered £3,428,612.42, from various bank accounts containing the proceeds of the schemes, which will now be returned to 356 qualifying investors in the DWS scheme and 250 qualifying investors in the OEL scheme.
Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA, said:
- ‘The FCA took action as soon as it became aware of these illegal schemes, preventing further losses to future investors who would be unable to exit the scheme before it inevitably collapsed. In this case, we managed to save some money for investors: too often it is too late. These firms were not authorised by the FCA and as we always say to consumers, if a scheme looks too good to be true, do not invest.
- ‘We have worked very hard to identify people eligible to receive compensation from these schemes and are pleased to have been able to recover and return some of their money.’
Notes to editors
- FCA begins High Court Proceedings against Samuel Golding, Shantelle Golding, Digital Wealth Limited and Outsourcing Express Limited
- Unauthorised firm and directors to pay restitution to consumers
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