CFTC: record levels of crime in energy markets

The CFTC said that, since the end of 2002, it had brought charges against 38 companies and 25 individuals for manipulation, false reporting and violations of trading rules in the energy markets, and had levied a total of $308 million in penalties. Dozens more firms and individuals are still under investigation for similar acts, the commission added.

As well as high-profile cases such as Connecticut-based Amaranth Advisors, the collapsed energy hedge fund now accused of attempted market

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