A brazen Westchester NY swindler, who was audacious enough to cook up a Ponzi scheme while out on bail awaiting sentencing for his earlier penny-stock shenanigans, was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for cheating dozens of families out of $12 million. Anthony John Johnson of Cortlandt Manor, NY, was already serving 18 months for an earlier pump-and-dump scheme when he was sentenced by Brooklyn federal judge Eric Vitaliano yesterday.
Johnson turned himself in for the Ponzi scheme last year after burned investors started knocking down his door demanding their money back. The serial swindler told authorities he was worried about his safety. Federal prosecutors said Johnson, 42, ended up defrauding 72 families from around the world, including Australia and China.
Last year, The Post reported that his scam reached the likes of Miami Heat’s Michael Millar, former glam-rock drummer Patrick Seacor and Quaker Oats heir Tim Hower….