The regulator said that Christopher Blackwell misappropriated more than $1.2 million of the $4 million he raised, spending large sums on himself—including covering his child support payments and funding his fancy for “gentlemen’s clubs”—and some $500,000 on Ponzi scheme payments. More money went out in the form of payments to both himself and his associates.
A court has frozen Blackwell’s assets, HedgeFund.net reports. The SEC was led to his alleged scam by the Department of Homeland Security, which became concerned by large wire transfers made by Blackwell.
A DHS agent then met with Blackwell in the guise of a potential investor, and the lies continued, according to the SEC. Blackwell allegedly claimed, during a confab at a local Hooters restaurant, that he had studied at the University of Madrid and worked for the Bank of Madrid and Goldman Sachs. None of those claims are true, according to the regulator.
Blackwell allegedly told his victims, including an unidentified former member of the Dallas Cowboys football team, that his hedge fund invested in fixed-income, hedge funds and movie distribution deals.