In 2009, Sanders assembled a strike team in a Vegas hotel room. Code names included "Sundance" (Sanders), "Hawk" (a college basketball star), "Agent Bob" (a morbidly obese postal worker), and "Cowboy" (an electrician who brought a duffel bag full of weapons). Despite the guns, tear gas, and bulletproof vests, they weren't exactly an elite fighting unit. For starters, everyone got hammered the night before their operation. Sanders and the postal worker kept arguing over who was in charge. The "A-Team" ran out of gas and had to be picked up. And again, they were planning to put the money they were after straight into a second Ponzi scheme. But they still terrorized Vegas, stalking financiers before luring them to meetings and threatening them until they handed over the Vassallo funds.
It was all a farce. Sanders claimed to know a slick way to handcuff someone, but the cuffs bounced off whenever he tried to pull the move. They hired an aspiring actress to play a mysterious leather-clad woman who would purr "You have no idea whose money you took," but she forgot her line and just stared awkwardly. Meanwhile, the finance guys were mystified as to why the armed "government agents" shaking them down also kept trying to sell them on Sir Joseph Birch. Everyone eventually got incredibly arrested.