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      • COMEX 17-0659-BC-1
      • Effective Date
      • 28 June 2019


      EXCHANGE RULE: Rule 432.L. General Offenses

      It shall be an offense:

      L.1. to fail to appear before the Board, Exchange staff or any investigative or hearing committee at a duly a convened hearing, scheduled staff interview or in connection with any investigation.


      On December 6, 2018, a panel of the Commodity Exchange (“COMEX”) Probable Cause Committee determined that there was a reasonable basis to charge Wenzhong Huang (“Wenzhong”) with having violated Exchange Rule 432.L.1. (General Offenses-Failure to Appear) and referred the matter to the COMEX Business Conduct Committee.

      Pursuant to an offer of settlement that Wenzhong presented at a hearing on June 26, 2019, in which Wenzhong neither admitted nor denied the findings or the rule violations upon which the penalty is based, a Panel of the COMEX Business Conduct Committee found that Wenzhong failed to appear before Exchange staff for a scheduled interview in relation to Wenzhong’s order entry and trading activity in various COMEX precious metal markets in November and December of 2016.

      The Panel found that as a result of the foregoing, Wenzhong violated Exchange Rule 432.L.1.


      In accordance with the settlement offer, the Panel ordered Wenzhong to pay a fine to the Exchange in the amount of $40,000 and suspended Wenzhong’s access to any CME Group trading floor, and direct or indirect access to any CME Group electronic trading or clearing platform for one year, beginning on the effective date below. The suspension will run from June 28, 2019 through June 28, 2020.