SEC charges 'Cash Flow King' podcaster in $11 million Ponzi scheme
The Securities and Exchange Commission charged podcaster Matthew Motil on Monday in connection with an $11 million Ponzi scheme that allegedly defrauded more than 50 people.
The agency said in a news release that Motil, the host of "The Cash Flow King" podcast, encouraged investors to buy promissory notes that he said were backed by first mortgages on homes in Ohio.
Motil's attorney did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
The SEC said Motil told investors that he would generate quick profits for them as he renovated, resold, refinanced or rented out the properties they helped him buy.
Motil promoted the investments as low-risk and high-return, according to the SEC.
However, the SEC said that instead of investing the money, Motil used funds to pay "returns" to other investors — a classic Ponzi scheme pattern — and also used money to rent a lakeside mansion and buy courtside season tickets to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.
The SEC said in a complaint that Motil made $3.7 million in Ponzi payments, spent $1.6 million in investors’ money on personal items and diverted more than $900,000 to other businesses. It also alleged that Motil made $400,000 in credit card payments on behalf of his wife, Amy Motil, who is named in the lawsuit as a relief defendant.
The complaint also said he spent tens of thousands of dollars on items from Best Buy, iTunes and Starbucks and on student loan repayments.
The SEC said Motil frequently "sold" the same property to many investors, in one instance selling promissory notes to 20 different investors, raising $1.3 million for a property he'd bought for just $47,000. The SEC's complaint said the property was never valued at more than $130,000.
Motil told all of the investors they were getting first lien mortgages, meaning they would be the first people repaid after he sold the property, according to the SEC.
After the Ponzi scheme collapsed, Motil filed for personal bankruptcy to get out of paying the debts he owned to his investors, the SEC said in the complaint.
The SEC’s complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Motil is charged with violating the registration and antifraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the antifraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.