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For Immediate Release
September 18, 2015

For more information contact:
Kristen Scaletta (312) 781-7860, kscaletta@nfa.futures.org
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335, kwuertz@nfa.futures.org

NFA bars Houston, Texas firm RNS Holdings and its principal, Raja Michael Mawad, from membership

September 18, Chicago—National Futures Association (NFA) has permanently barred RNS Holdings LP (RNS), an NFA Member commodity pool operator, and Raja Michael Mawad (Mawad), the firm's sole associated person and firm principal, from NFA membership. In addition, RNS and Mawad are both barred from acting as principals of an NFA Member and must transfer the balance in a trading account under their control to a restitution fund at NFA.

The Decision, issued by NFA's Business Conduct Committee (BCC), is based on a Complaint authorized by the BCC on May 28, 2015.

Prior to the issuance of NFA's Complaint, NFA's Executive Committee took an emergency action, suspending RNS and Mawad from NFA membership for misappropriating pool participant funds.

The BCC found that RNS and Mawad misappropriated approximately $180,000 from the RNS Capital LP Fund. Specifically, beginning in 2009, Mawad used the Fund to pay for personal expenses such as jewelry, travel and restaurants. In addition, the BCC found that RNS and Mawad failed to comply with the terms of NFA's emergency action by attempting to withdraw, without NFA authorization, $50,000 from an account under their control.

The complete text of the Complaint and Decision can be viewed on NFA's website.

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