Two guys allegedly ran a 'Hamilton' tickets Ponzi scheme that netted $81 million

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Was anything more inevitable than a Hamilton Ponzi scheme?

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two men in New York with fraud on Friday for running an $81 million Ponzi scheme that promised to make money reselling tickets to the sold-out Broadway musical.

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The Ponzi masterminds, Joseph Meli and Matthew Harriton, allegedly promised 125 investors that they would make at least a 10 percent profit from a scheme to buy and resell tickets to Hamilton and other in-demand shows, including an Adele concert.

Instead, Meli and Harriton spent up to $2 million on jewelry, private school and camp tuition and gambling. Plus, they had to use at least $48 million to keep the Ponzi scheme going and pay off earlier investors.

The Ponzi schemers even said they had an agreement with a Hamilton producer to buy 35,000 tickets to the show. Investors were told they would get their money back within eight months.

The SEC filed a complaint on Friday, alleging the scheme went back at least to 2015.

"As alleged in our complaint, Meli and Harriton raised millions from investors by promising big profits from reselling tickets to A-list events when in reality they were moving investor money in a circle and creating a mirage of profitability," Paul G. Levenson, director of the SEC's Boston office, said in a statement.

Investors were also promised they'd get 50 percent of any profits that were left over after everyone involved was repaid.

The evidence suggests they engaged in speculation...

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Jay Z and Beyonce pose with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Oprah Winfrey poses with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Daveed Diggs and Jasmine Cephas Jones pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Austin Smith and Andrew Chappelle pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Alex Lacamoire, Phillipa Soo, Thayne Jasperson, Jonathan Groff, Morgan Marcell, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Daveed Diggs, Javier Munoz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda during the 'Hamilton' Original Broadway Cast Q & A and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys poses backstage with Lin Manuel Miranda and the cast at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep visits Andrew Chappelle from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep (R) visits Jon Rua from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Betsy Struxness with her chorus cast members during the Broadway Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Betsy Struxness of 'Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6,, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Chorus cast members attend the 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night After Party at Pier 60 on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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