SEC Charges Cash Flow King Podcast Host with Perpetrating $11 Million Ponzi Scheme
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., Sept. 25, 2023 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Matthew Motil, host of the podcast, “The Cash Flow King,” for fraudulently raising approximately $11 million from more than 50 investors in a Ponzi scheme involving notes that were purportedly backed by residential properties.
According to the SEC’s complaint, Motil, of North Olmsted, Ohio, defrauded investors with promises of low-risk, high-return promissory notes purportedly collateralized by first mortgages on homes located throughout Ohio. The SEC’s complaint alleges that Motil promoted the investments on his website, inviting potential investors to “be a real estate investing badass!,” and on his podcast, where he assured investors that the investments he offered were safe and backed by a “first lien position” on the underlying real estate assets. According to the SEC’s complaint, Motil told investors that he would pay the investors returns on their investments from profits from renovating, reselling, refinancing, and renting the properties. As the complaint alleges, however, Motil did not in fact secure first lien positions for the investors as promised and regularly sold multiple promissory notes he claimed were secured by the same property to multiple investors. In one instance, Motil allegedly sold more than $1 million of promissory notes to 20 investors, each note supposedly collateralized by the same property he had acquired for $47,000. Rather than renovate the properties, Motil allegedly used investor money to make Ponzi payments to previous investors and for his own extravagant personal expenses, including to rent a lakeside mansion, purchase courtside season tickets to NBA games, and make $400,000 in credit card payments for his wife, Amy Motil, who is named as a relief defendant.
“We allege that Motil used podcasts and social media platforms to bolster his reputation as an investing expert while fraudulently targeting investors’ hard-earned retirement assets, including, in at least one instance, almost the full balance of an investor’s self-directed IRA,” said Mark Cave, Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement. “We are committed to holding those who prey on others accountable for their unlawful conduct.”
The SEC’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, charges Motil with violating the registration and antifraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the antifraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, disgorgement plus prejudgment interest, civil money penalties, and an officer and director bar.
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has issued an Investor Alert with tips on how investors can avoid become a victim of fraud in self-directed IRAs.
The SEC’s ongoing investigation is being supervised by Jeff Leasure and Mr. Cave. The SEC’s litigation will be led by John Timmer under the supervision of James Carlson. The SEC acknowledges the assistance of the U.S. Trustee’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Ohio Division of Securities.