The Great Escape! Man Wanted For $35 Million Ponzi Scheme Tries To Escape Authorities Using An Underwater Sea Scooter ​

Source - A California man wanted in an alleged $35 million Ponzi scheme tried to flee FBI agents — by hopping on an underwater “sea scooter” and taking it into a frigid lake, authorities said.

First, 44-year-old Matthew Piercey jumped into a pickup truck when agents went to arrest him on Monday, leading them on a wild chase before eventually abandoning the vehicle on the shores of Lake Shasta, according to federal prosecutors in California.

He then grabbed a Yamaha sea scooter — a motorized submersible device that pulls users at about 4 mph — and took it into the cold waters, staying there for about 25 minutes, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“Piercey spent some time out of sight underwater where law enforcement could only see bubbles,” prosecutors wrote in court documents, describing him as a flight risk.

He was taken away in handcuffs after resurfacing.

I don't know who Matthew Piercey is and I don't what he stands for, but I am 100% certain that was the greatest escape plan of all time. The execution was off, but the plan was flawless. A high speed pickup truck chase into a submersible scooter getaway? Are you kidding me? That's something right out of The Italian Job. Granted the scooter only went 4 mph, the water was freezing, the bubbles gave away his location, and he submerged into a lake (no exits), but still. If it had worked that would've been the greatest getaway of all time. The only thing that would've made it better is if he some how included a paraglider into his plan. Land, sea, and air is the trifecta. 

Here's what he was wanted for:

Piercey was indicted by a grand jury last week for allegedly bilking his investors into giving $35 million to his companies Family Wealth Legacy and Zolla.

Some of his alleged victims were fellow parishioners of the Bethel megachurch in Redding, a source told the Bee.

His arraignment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and witness tampering was scheduled for Tuesday. If convicted, Piercey faces 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

The place he was arrested in was in the middle of nowhere too. As serious as the crimes were, the escape was laugh out loud funny. Here's what he looks like...

What a goober. Good luck in jail, Matt. Your'e going to need it. 

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PS: The first thing I thought of when I read that story was the Austin Powers steam roller scene. What a classic.