Michigan Ponzi Scammer DeMiro Pleads Guilty

April 20, 2011

Dante DeMiro, age 43, was the founder and managing director of MuniVest Financial Group and MuniVest Services LLC in Southfield, Michigan, where he served as an investment adviser to various municipalities, credit unions, school districts, and trade unions. From at least March 2009 to September 2010, DeMiro falsely promised multiple clients that he would purchase millions of dollars in certificates of deposit (CDs) for investment on their behalf. Among his victims were municipalities, a school district, a bank, and a credit union serving church members, employees and other church related institutions. 

Instead of using the clients' funds to purchase the CDs, DeMiro wrongfully diverted the investments in order to make loans to a local jewelry store and re-pay other prior investors.  Yet another Ponzi scheme, replete with con artist and far too many unsuspecting victims.  The losses in DeMiro's scam were initially calculated at approximately $10 million. 

A Criminal Complaint was filed against DeMiro on September 15, 2010, and on October 7, 2010, DeMiro was indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of bank and wire fraud. He faced a statutory maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for bank fraud; and 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the wire fraud. 

On April 19, 2011 Dante DeMiro pled guilty to five counts of bank and wire fraud. DeMiro stipulated that the loss caused by his fraud exceeds $7 million, and that he abused a position of trust in his fiduciary capacity as an investment adviser.  Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2011.