Last month, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission charged a New York commodities trader named Vincent McCrudden with failing to register his companies, Alnbri Management and Managed Accounts Asset Management, with the necessary regulatory agencies as required by law. His response? Not measured. McCrudden fired an e-mail off to a lawyer at the CFTC with the subject line “Re: You Corrupt Motherfucker! You’re Not Getting Away With This! Merry Christmas.”
He went on:
(D.D. is apparently a lawyer at the National Futures Association. G.G. is Gary Gensler, the head of the CFTC.) Later, realizing he’d left a few things unsaid, McCrudden sent over a missive to some other CFTC attorneys.
At this point, officials decided to take a peek at McCrudden’s website, which revealed he is a former professional soccer player and amateur boxer with “two beautiful children,” and also a 9/11 truther who kept a public “Execution List” of the names of 47 current and former officials of the SEC, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the NFA and the CFTC, and urged readers to — among other things — “go buy a gun, and take our country back from these criminals.”
McCrudden’s lawyer insists that these were not serious threats and that his client is merely “ill-mannered and short-tempered, and not very articulate in terms of expressing himself.” But in the wake of the shooting in Arizona, authorities aren’t taking any chances, and this morning, McCrudden was arrested and charged with two counts of transmitting threats to kill 47 current and former officials. “In this day and age,” the district attorney said in a statement, “there is no such thing as an idle threat.” Incidentally, they also might want to look into getting people in government tougher spam filters.