John Mayer Sued for 2008 Ponzi Scheme Paycheck

Celebrity News Sep. 9, 2012 AT 4:15PM
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John Mayer might have to forfeit some of his hard-earned fortune.

After unwittingly accepting Ponzi scheme-earned cash as payment for a performance in 2008, TMZ reports the crooner is one of many folks being sued in an effort to recover the lost funds for duped investors.

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Seattle-based investment banker Darren Berg was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for taking advantage of clients, to the tune of $100 million. Mayer was hired by booking agency Grabow & Associates for the concert in question -- via the agency, Mayer was reportedly paid using nearly $465,000 of Berg's illegally-obtained funds.

Now, the musician, 34, is being targeted by those tasked with recovering, and repaying, the money Berg owes his investors.

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"John Mayer performed at a corporate event in 2008 and was paid for his services," Mayer's lawyer told TMZ in a statement Sunday. "The opportunity was brought to John through his talent agency, CAA."

Though no official decisions have been made, a judge may end up ruling that Mayer needs to give back the equivalent of what he was paid for his show four years ago.

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