Shawn Merriman, aka Mormon Madoff: Auction of amazing Ponzi scheme booty (PHOTOS)

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Shawn Merriman.
Shawn Merriman, aka the Mormon Madoff, pleaded guilty to mail fraud in December 2009, earning a twelve-year sentence for Ponzi scheming that allowed him to amass an amazing collection of classic cars and more.

This Saturday, Merriman's playthings go on the block. The photos of items up for bid -- many of them on-view below -- are eye-popping and, for his victims, infuriating.

The auction takes place at 11 a.m. under the auspices of the U.S. Marshals service and Dickensheet.com, whose translucent logo can be seen on the images below. As you'll see, wheels were Merriman's thing, with vehicles ranging from vintage rides to contemporary sports cars, motorcycles and even a pedal car painted to look like a police cruiser; bet that one's less amusing to him now than it used to be. On the final page, find a Dickensheet video of a real prize -- a 1930 Lincoln Phaeton -- as well as the U.S. Marshals service release with more details about the auction and a Dickensheet inventory of what's available.

The list is proof that crime can pay -- at least for a while.

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