Singer John Mayer could be facing a lawsuit over fraudulent money he allegedly received though a ponzi scheme run by known criminal Darren Berg, according to a report out by celebrity rumor site TMZ.
It has been reported by TMZ that Mayer could face the suit after receiving as much as $465,000 in what is alleged to be fraudulent money. It is unclear whether Mayer was aware that the money given to him was obtained through fraudulent means.
The money was paid out by Darren Berg, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison earlier this year after setting up a fake investment firm that was used to steal money from other investors. Accumulatively, Berg managed to squeeze out over $100 million from customers who had invested funds with his company.
John Mayer's name was brought up after officials in the investigation began to track down where the millions of dollars had gone. One of the suspected locations is a booking agency that had worked with Mayer, although the connecting between the two is unclear.
"It's unclear why ... or what the connection is between the booking agency and Berg's investment company ... but the musician is now a target in the desperate money grab," TMZ, who first broke the story, reported.
Others have also been sued in connection to the case, in an attempt to track down additional funds. Mayer's lawyers have become involved and appear to be cooperating with the company to help delve out answers.
Mayer's lawyers suggested that an investment opportunity was presented to him through his talent agents.
"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," the lawyers told TMZ.
No ruling has been made on the case, although it is thought that Mayer is denying any knowledge of any wrongdoing.