Reporting Steve Large
GRANITE BAY (CBS13) — One Bloomberg report calls him a man always running away in limousines, and according to a criminal complaint, Troy Stratos also has a fondness for Rolls-Royce and BMW luxury cars.
He may have lived the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but the FBI says he is a fake.
And he lived out a lie here in Granite Bay at the one-time palatial home of Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy.
According to the feds, Stratos fooled Nicole Murphy, reportedly his one-time high school sweetheart, into becoming her financial advisor. Then he allegedly schemed to defraud her of $7 million — money she was awarded in her divorce with Eddie Murphy.
The criminal complaint could have been scripted into the movie “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Stratos allegedly convinced Murphy he was investing her divorce proceeds overseas in places like Dubai and Switzerland for high-interest returns.
Instead, the complaint says, he put the money in his own accounts, using it for his lavish lifestyle.
In another startling allegation, the complaint reads Stratos told Murphy he was setting up a sale of her Granite Bay home to friends from Middle Eastern royal families. he said they’d expect to see luxury cars in front of the home, so he allegedly leased Rolls-Royces and a BMW.
But according to the complaint, Stratos had no arrangement with royalty. He didn’t sell the home, but lived in it without paying rent and used the expensive vehicles for himself.
According to Bloomberg News, Stratos was also arrested in Paris in 2009 for failure to pay luxury hotel bills, and he’s been sued in Hawaii.
Now this suave alleged conman is in trouble with the feds for preying on a wealthy woman.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told CBS13 that Stratos is now trying to get out of jail by making bail, but the judge wants to make sure the money he’ll be putting up is rightfully his.
He is due back in court Friday. If convicted, Stratos faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.