John Mayer has been included in a lawsuit over a $100 million Ponzi scheme, and is reportedly in possession of as much of $465,000 from the scam, TMZ is reporting. According to documents filed in the case, the Seattle-based scheme fell apart after its mastermind, Darren Berg, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Berg was convicted of scamming his investors out of the more than $100 million through his investment company.
The trustees charged with recovering the money are tracking down where all the money went, and the ‘Shadow Days’ singer is believed to be one of the people who benefited from the Ponzi scheme. The trustees are suing everyone believed to have received a portion of the money, in order to recover it all.
Mayer allegedly received the money from the Ponzi scheme after a booking agency, Grabow & Associates, was paid by Berg’s company. It’s not known yet why the booking agency and Mayer received the money, or how they’re connected to Berg’s company. A lawyer has not yet ruled on the lawsuit yet.
In response to the lawsuit, Mayer’s rep told TMZ the singer “performed at a corporate event in 2008 and was paid for his services. The opportunity was brought to John through his talent agency, CAA.”
Written by: Karen Benardello