Report: John Mayer Hit With Lawsuit Over Ponzi Scheme

Trustees claim he received stolen funds from booking agency

September 10, 2012 4:35 PM ET
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John Mayer has been reportedly hit with a lawsuit over his connection to a $100 million Ponzi scheme, according to TMZ. The Seattle-based scheme was unraveled earlier this year when its mastermind, Darren Berg, was slapped with an 18-year prison sentence for stealing more than $100 million from investors through his company. As trustees reviewed documents and filed lawsuits to track down the lost cash, they discovered legal papers that showed Berg had used the funds to pay a booking agency, Grabow and Associates – who, in turn, allegedly paid John Mayer for a performance.

The documents obtained by TMZ say the booking agency and Mayer may have up to $465,000 in stolen funds from the Ponzi scheme. The connection, if any, between Grabow and Associates and Berg's investment company is currently unknown, and a judge has yet to rule on the case. A lawyer for Mayer says the singer was paid in 2008 for performing at a corporate event and that the gig was presented to the singer-songwriter through his talent agency, CAA.

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