ED attaches properties worth Rs 34.75 cr of OctaFx in money laundering case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday attached movable/immovable properties worth Rs. 34.75 crore of forex trading app OctaFx in a money laundering case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has provisionally attached movable/immovable properties worth Rs. 34.75 crore in connection with the investigation of illegal forex trading platform OctaFx, its related entities and others on April 19 under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA). The attachment is in the form of bank balances, crypto currencies, vehicles, gold coins, and cash etc.
The ED had initiated an investigation on the basis of an FIR registered under various sections of IPC 1860 and MPID Act by Pune Police. Further, the RBI has also issued an alert list of unauthorised entities /ETPs vide press release dated February 10, 2023 wherein the name of OctaFx is reflecting.
The ED investigation has revealed that the aforesaid online trading app and website are operating in India in association with India base entity M/s OctaFx India Pvt. Ltd. This forex trading platform is widely promoted on social networking sites and is also following referral-based incentive models for acquiring users to its platforms.
It has emerged in the investigation that multiple accounts of different Indian banks were being shown to investors/users on OctaFx trading app for collecting funds in the guise of facilitating forex trading. The said accumulated funds, after defrauding these investors/users, were transferred to multiple e-wallet accounts or to bank accounts of dummy entities for the purpose of layering.
Further, it is also revealed that a major portion of the defrauded amount on this trading app was used by the agents of OctaFx for amassing personal wealth. It also appeared that OctaFx, by using its trading platform, manipulated trade activities which resulted in ultimately net loss to the traders.
These manipulating tactics involve frequent fluctuation in slippage, extending huge leverages and huge fraudulent advertisements in India through internet to attract gullible investors. OctaFx has also hired several Indian individuals working in Spain and Russia for operating the OctaFX trading platform and inducing Indian citizens to invest in forex trading through OctaFX.
Further investigation is under progress.