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November 21, 2020

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

If you're a guy who is responsible for a $35 million-dollar Ponzi scheme, it's only fitting that when the authorities are on to you, you should attempt an escape like a super villain. That's exactly what this California man did when he dove into Shasta Lake in a submersible while fleeing law enforcement.

44-year-old Matthew Piercey, who owns two investment companies, was indicted for the $35 million-dollar Ponzi scheme.

When FBI agents tried to arrest the Palo Cedro man in Redding he drove off, leading authorities on a chase through neighborhoods and northbound Interstate 5. He then abandoned his car and tried to escape by diving into Shasta Lake in an underwater submersible vehicle, according to court documents.

He didn't make it that far and was arrested when he came out of the water 25 minutes later, authorities say.

Piercey is charged with wire fraud, money laundering and witness tampering. According to court documents, Piercey carried out an investment fraud scheme, raising $35 million in investor funds from July 2015 through August 2020.

He is accused of lying about trading algorithms, the success of the company's investment strategies and the liquidity of investments. On top of that, he allegedly discouraged witnesses from responding to grand jury subpoenas related to the investigation.

Piercey faces multiple charges that could land him in prison for up to 20 years.

Bizarrely,
Lewis

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