From at least in or about 2015 through in or about January 2017, MELI conducted a scheme to defraud more than approximately 130 investors who invested a total of more than approximately $95 million through false representations that MELI would use investor funds to purchase tickets to various live events for resale at a profit on the secondary market. In fact, MELI utilized a substantial portion of the investor funds he obtained for MELI's personal expenses - including payments for a $3 million house in East Hampton, New York, a 2017 Porsche convertible, and expensive watches and jewelry - and to make payments, in a Ponzi-like manner, to previous investors in MELI's ticket fraud scheme and in unrelated hedge fund.In furtherance of the fraudulent scheme, MELI falsely represented to investors that he had entered into written agreements with production companies for popular Broadway shows and with management companies for popular singers and music bands (together, the "Production and Management Companies") to purchase large blocks of tickets to the shows and performances. In truth and in fact, MELI had not entered into such agreements and did not have any contractual rights to purchase such tickets from the Production and Management Companies.In furtherance of the scheme, moreover, MELI provided investors with falsified documents purporting to reflect agreements between MELI's company, Advance Entertainment, LLC ("Advance"), and the Production and Management Companies, in which the Production and Management Companies agreed to sell Advance large blocks of tickets to the shows or performances. In truth and in fact, the Production and Management Companies had not entered into agreements to sell tickets to MELI or Advance. These fake agreements listed, as authorized representatives entering into the agreements on behalf of the Production and Management Companies, the names of individuals within those organizations, and furthermore contained fraudulent signatures of these individuals.