A suspect trapped in a $ 364-million ponzi scheme tried to pass a note to his wife, telling him to drink the "good wine" to prevent the federal government from seizing it. , according to a report released Friday.
Prison officials confiscated the note on December 5 before Kevin Merrill, 53, handed it to his 30-year-old wife in a cell in Maryland. Baltimore Sun reported.
"Ask your dad to take my golf clubs," said the note to Baltimore federal attorneys. "Hide money or checks … drink good wine below zero, replace it with s — wine in the basement."
They revealed the contents of the note in a lawsuit filed December 10 against Amanda Merrill, 30, conspiracy and removal of property to prevent its seizure, according to Sun. Prosecutors said the prison officials had found the note in Kevin Merrill's sock while he was going to his wife's home.
The note began: "f — them. They took enough! Take things out before the recipient comes or asks.
Prosecutors said Kevin Merrill's reference to "things" would be related to the couple's purchases by designer Louis Vuitton.
Bank statements and credit card statements revealed that Merrill and his wife had spent about $ 800,000 on Louis Vuitton branded items from 2013 to 2018, they said.
In September, Kevin Merrill and two other people were accused of having cheated hundreds of investors to fund a lavish lifestyle including purchases of several properties, jewelery, more than 20 high-end cars and a boat. They are also accused of stealing $ 25 million for gambling. Merrill was imprisoned without bail.
Amanda Merrill was released without bail on December 11th.
His lawyer declined to comment, the Sun reported.