John Mayer is facing allegations that he became involved in a Ponzi scheme, according to a TMZ report.
The 34-year-old blues singer, whose on-off relationship with Katy Perry has been grabbing headlines recently, could possess as much as $465,000 of the tainted cash, and is now being sued by trustees who are attempting to regroup the money lost in the $100m Ponzi scam.
TMZ reports that a man by the name of Darren Berg created a huge Ponzi scheme in Seattle some years ago that ended up swindling investors out of more than $100m.
The scheme was shut down earlier this year, and Berg was sent to prison for 18 months for his crimes. But before Berg was behind bars, his investment company managed to hoodwink a booking agency by the name of Grabow & Associates.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Grabow & Associates worked with – yep – John Mayer, who was allegedly paid with the dirty money.
As Mayer has a (remote) connection the scheme, he’s one of a number of individuals now facing legal action. The musician remains adamant about his innocence in the affair, however, with his lawyer telling TMZ:
“John Mayer performed at a corporate event in 2008 and was paid for his services. The opportunity was brought to John through his talent agency, CAA.”