LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal grand jury in Las Vegas is accusing a millionaire businessman with dual U.S. and Lebanese citizenship of wire fraud in a case alleging that he headed an elaborate international Ponzi scheme.
A four-count indictment filed Tuesday against Ramon DeSage (deh-SAHDJ') also seeks to allow the government to seize $191 million in cash and property that prosecutors allege was fraudulent amassed.
The 63-year-old DeSage is due in court Feb. 8.
His lawyer, Richard Wright, previously denied DeSage was involved in a Ponzi scheme.
Wright didn't immediately respond to messages Wednesday.
A federal criminal complaint filed last June describes DeSage as a "prodigious gambler," and alleges he used companies including Cadeau Express, Beryt and Merits Incentives to defraud investors.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.