BULLETIN: Sean Mueller Charged With Racketeering In Colorado Ponzi Probe; Secret Service, State Securities Division Assisted Denver DA In Unraveling Alleged $71 Million Scheme

BULLETIN: In yet-another alleged case of massive Ponzi fraud, Sean Mueller has been charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (racketeering).

Mueller, 42, also has been charged with securities fraud and theft. The prosecution was brought by the office of Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, who credited the U.S. Secret Service and the Colorado Division of Securities for assisting in the Ponzi probe.

“This is an important example of how agencies can work together to protect investors in Colorado,” said Fred Joseph, commissioner of the Colorado Division of Securities.

Mueller, who is believed to be cooperating with authorities, is expected to surrender by Friday. Bond has been set at $2 million cash.

Among the victims of the $71 million Ponzi scheme was John Elway, the former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors at both the state and federal levels have used racketeering statutes to bring down Ponzi schemers in recent months, according to court filings.

Mueller was operating a bogus hedge fund, prosecutors said. At least 65 victims entrusted Mueller with their money, which he spent to live a luxurious lifestyle and to buy tony homes, expensive cars and country-club memberships.

It was a “classic” Ponzi scheme in which Mueller was upside down on his obligations to investors by a factor of nearly five-to-one, owing about $45 million but having less than $9.5 million to cover redemption requests, prosecutors said.

The scheme was exposed in April, when Mueller threatened to jump off a parking garage in Greenwood Village, Colo., according to court filings.

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  1. John Elway and his buisness partner were taken for a reported 15 million dollars:

    http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_16333804

    I was never an Elway fan when he played but gave him grudging respect for the talent he had. He is actually a pretty savvy businessman who’s done well for himself after his playing career ended. This just goes to show that not all ponzi victims are unsophisticated rubes, the “too good to be true” syndrome strikes the rich and famous as well.

    But from the above link:

    “.,..In their filing, Elway and Pierce ask the court to put their claim ahead of the others so that they may recapture their investment first. They said Mueller agreed to put their money in a trust and not mingle it with other investors’ funds.,..”

    Perhaps they will benefit from some technicality but I wouldn’t be surprised if “managed accounts” that weren’t co-mingled with other investors funds was just part of how this particular scam sold it’s self. If so then any lawyer selling their services on the basis of giving their client an advantage over other victims when it comes time for the receiver to start distributing refunds is possibly re-scamming their client. After all if a famous attorney like Larry Friedman couldn’t live up to the promises that Bob Guenther’s ASDMBA made, what attorney possibly could?

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