Maryland man indicted in $346M Ponzi scheme
A federal grand jury indicted three men on charges of wire fraud, identity theft, conspiracy, and money laundering in an alleged $364 million investment fraud scheme.
Investigators say Kevin Merrill, 53, bought cars, a yacht, part of a private jet and a multi-million dollar mansion in Southwest Florida using money obtained in Ponzi scheme.
Merrill and co-conspirators from Texas and Maryland ran a Ponzi scheme to live a lavish lifestyle after stealing money from more than 400 victims.
A Ponzi scheme works like a pyramid with lies from investor to investor, growing a web of false information with every deal.
Merrill alone used $45 million to buy cars and even a Port Royal mansion on Spyglass Lane.