Shawn Merriman, aka Mormon Madoff: Auction of amazing Ponzi scheme booty (PHOTOS)
Shawn Merriman, aka the Mormon Madoff, pleaded guilty to mail fraud in December 2009, earning a twelve-year sentence for Ponzi scheming that allowed him to amass an amazing collection of classic cars and more.
This Saturday, Merriman's playthings go on the block. The photos of items up for bid -- many of them on-view below -- are eye-popping and, for his victims, infuriating.
The auction takes place at 11 a.m. under the auspices of the U.S. Marshals service and Dickensheet.com, whose translucent logo can be seen on the images below. As you'll see, wheels were Merriman's thing, with vehicles ranging from vintage rides to contemporary sports cars, motorcycles and even a pedal car painted to look like a police cruiser; bet that one's less amusing to him now than it used to be. On the final page, find a Dickensheet video of a real prize -- a 1930 Lincoln Phaeton -- as well as the U.S. Marshals service release with more details about the auction and a Dickensheet inventory of what's available.
The list is proof that crime can pay -- at least for a while.
Video featuring the 1930 Lincoln Phaeton:
U.S. Marshals Service release:
U.S. Marshals TO AUCTION PONZI SCHEME ASSETS
DENVER, Colorado -- The U.S. Marshals Service will conduct a public auction on January 29th, 2011, pursuant to the Court ordered forfeiture and sale of assets accumulated by Shawn Merriman.
Merriman was convicted of Mail Fraud in U.S. District Court and sentenced to serve 151 months in federal prison and pay over $20 million in restitution for his illegal investment scheme that bilked over $37 million dollars from unsuspecting investors. Merriman used some of the money to buy a wide range of items that were ultimately seized by the Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Marshals Service.
All of the forfeited items are to be sold at public auction at 11:00am on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at Dickensheets & Associates, 1501 W. Wesley Avenue, Denver, CO, 303-934-8322. The online portion of the auction will begin at 12 noon. A preview of the items to be sold is set for Friday, January 28th, 2011 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. The items that are being auctioned were forfeited to the government in the related civil forfeiture case.
Items to be sold and auction requirements may be viewed at: www.dickensheet.com
MSRP ON THE 2007 COUNTRY COACH MAGNA & 2006 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE
2007 COUNTRY COACH REMBRANDT
2006 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE 2007 MAGNA REMBRANDT 45' QUAD SLIDE MOTOR COACH
Salvador exterior & interior
600 HP, Cummins ISX
Odometer reads 31,704
Numerous additional options including GPS navigation system, upgraded engine, keyless entry, tire monitoring system II, satellite system with receivers, upgraded seats, king bed, light cherry wood, tiled entry, double awning package, electric window awning package, LCD tv, stained glass, central vacuum system, power adjustable bed, sunscreen & More!
Original Price Of Over $ 685,000.00! Absolutely gorgeous!
2006 ASTON MARTIN COUPE VANTAGE
Original Suggested Retail Price Of $ 121,540.00
Odometer reads 1,268, V8, six speed manual, Tungsten silver exterior with Phantom grey interior, full leather trim, coloured brake calipers, bright finish grille, Xenon headlamps inc. power wash, powerfold exterior mirror, 19" 7 spoke alloy wheels, heated front seats, battery conditioner, navigation system, audio-premium system, cruise control, 4.3L, two door coupe with tail gate, 380 maximum horsepower, rear wheel drive, four wheel ventilated, grooved dish brakes with anti lock braking system
1930 Lincoln Phaeton Convertible, disassembled, silver, blue & black newer paint, estimated 80% restored, leather interior, beautiful!
1937 Cord 812 Convertible, drive train rebuilt by Henry Portz, currently disassembled, blue exterior color, car in stages of frame off restoration, white wall tires with blue wheels, majority of parts for this vehicle have been restored and ready for final assembly!
1936 Auburn Cabriolet Convertible, manual transmission, straight eight supercharged engine, many additional parts will be sold with vehicle. Excellent restoration project!
1932 Auburn Phaeton Convertible, undergoing initial stages of restoration, currently disassembled, sandblasted awaiting your customized paint scheme, large amount of parts will be sold with this vehicle!
1932 Ford Highboy, automatic, Chrysler Hemi 871 supercharger, dual four barrel carburetors, V8, leather seats, stereo CD player, custom wheels, very fast vehicle estimated at 800 HP, restored, show car, must see!
EXTRA AUTOMOTIVE PARTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THESE VEHICLES! VEHICLES/MOTORCYCLE/YAMAHA RHINO
2008 Toyota Tundra Force Truck, 4X4, silver exterior color, odometer reads 11,725, automatic, V8, full power accessories, crew cab, near new overall condition with the exception of a smaller dent on the drivers door
2006 BMW Mini Cooper S, red/black & white exterior color, odometer reads 43,701, leather interior, two door hatchback, sunroof, full power accessories
2005 Lexus LX470 Sports Utility Vehicle, odometer reads 91,260, gray exterior color, V8, sunroof, custom wheels, 4X4
1996 Harley Davidson Road King Touring Motorcycle, odometer reads 5,500
2008 Yamaha YXR70FSPX Rhino Ultramatic, 430 registered hours, 700FI, four speed, Terra Cross tires, small oil leak NEAR NEW SPEED BOAT
2007 Tigre 22VE Ski Boat/Trailer, 88 registered hours, 5.7L, 340 HP engine, cruise control, awning, depth gauge, brown & white patterned interior, gorgeous throughout! SKID STEER LOADER
2000 John Deere 240 Series II Skid Steer Loader, 6' bucket, 365 registered hours! Also-Worksite Pro forks SNOWMOBILES/DIRT BIKES/TRAILERS/RIDING LAWNMOWER
2008 Ski Doo Summit Rotax 800R Snowmobile, 700 registered hours, Powertek 800R
2005 Polaris ProX120 Snowmobile, blue & white in color, battery in need of charging
2007 Honda CRF70 Dirt Bike
2007 Honda CRF450X Dirt Bike
2007 Honda CRF250R Dirt Bike
2004 Kawasaki KLX300R Dirt Bike
2004 Honda CRF50 Dirt Bike
2000 Kawasaki KX85 Dirt Bike
2007 Featherlite 3110 Tandem Axle Flatbed Trailer, approximate 17', aluminum frame/deck
2004 Big Tex 30SA 10' Flatbed Trailer
2002 Storm Cyclone Enclosed Trailer, Emerald Onan 6500 Plus generator, Warn M6000 winch, diamond plate floor, Pro series can vac plus, electric jack, three doors/ramp, built in cabinetry, approximate 26'
Cub Cadet 2146 Riding Lawn Mower, 269 registered hours AUTOMOTIVE LIFT/WOODWORKING/SHOP EQUIPMENT
Cytech DP-7 automatic four post automotive lift, 7,000 lb capacity
Ramco 5000 long ram jack
Newton industrial sander
General International industrial sander
Nutone CV-353 cleaning system
Heavy duty industrial press
Micro Precision M-60 wheel balancer
Tip portable sandblaster
Magnum XR-5 portable paint sprayer
Husky portable air tank
Miller Matic 185 portable welder
EMC ¾ HP dust collector
Lincoln Port A Torch system
Ryobi cutoff saw
Assortment of Dewalt tools
Multi ton automotive floor jack
Patton warehouse fan
6', 8' and 10' step ladders
Ten gallon 610 contractor shop vacuum
Warehouse carts & More! INDUSTRIAL SAFE/COLLECTIBLES/OTHER ITEMS
(2) Sargent & Greenleaf & Browning combination & digital heavy duty industrial safes, approximate 5' height
Operation Thunderbolt & Big Choice arcade games
Amusement crane machine
Cub Cadet 2146 riding lawnmower, 270 registered hours
Harley Davidson & other antique & collectible fuel pumps
Childrens pedal cars
Assortment of hiking & other sporting gear
Denon 2910 DVD player
Denon AVR 48016 receiver
Automotive metal signs
Acculight hunting bow, arrows
Wood double pedestal desk with leather inlay top; Leather five star executive chair
Texaco circular wall clock
Kaiser circular signs
Nikon 35 mm camera
Nordic Trac SL720 cardio trainer
Hoist HF985 fitness station/weights
Softball pitching machine
Variety of tents, backpacks, cast iron pots, camping chairs & More!
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