FBI Investigates Investment Broker at School
The FBI is investigating an investment broker, who handles the Mona Shores
school district’s funds, for investment fraud. According to the
complaint, Dante DeMiro, of Michigan, is being accused of operating a
Ponzi scheme for his own benefit.
Superintendent Terry L. Babbitt has stated that Mr. DeMiro was handling about $3.7 million of the school district’s funds that were proceeds of a 2009 bond passed by taxpayers. The superintendent has reported that the district handed the money over to Mr. DeMiro, who is now under investigation for fraud.
“Dante DeMiro used the intended investment funds for his own benefit, to make payments to other investors in the same scheme and provide money to a local jewelry store,” according to the complaint.
Mr. DeMiro operated his alleged Ponzi scheme through a Southfield firm called Munivest. He is listed as the founder and managing director of the firm.
The school district was under the impression that its money was going to be invested in secure, federally insured bank CDs. Mona Shores Public Schools wired nearly $3.5 million into a Munivest account. It is unclear as to how much of that money is currently missing.
The complaint also alleges that Comstock Township invested $1.75 million with Mr. DeMiro’s firm. The township apparently received returns on their investment from the money invested by Mona Shores Public Schools.
The school district has cleared any of its employees of any wrongdoing. The investigation is ongoing.