A Northern California man admitted to defrauding concert promoters and investors in a scam this week, taking more than half a million dollars that he promised would go toward securing concerts with A-list stars like Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
The 39-year-old man from Patterson, Jordan Mouton, who also goes by the nickname “Big Cheeze,” pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and engaging in monetary transactions involving criminally derived property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release. According to prosecutors, Mouton pretended to be a reputable member of the entertainment industry who could secure performances throughout Asia and elsewhere while forging signatures of artists and their managers to then pass on to investors and promoters.
Mouton reportedly forged Snoop Dogg’s signature in an artist management agreement, where he claimed to serve as the artist’s “manager, adviser and representative throughout China and greater Asia.” He also offered letters with forged signatures to authorize performances by Rihanna on the “Asia Monster Tour” or the “Asian Monster Tour,” and gave one victim fake passports from the band members of Maroon 5. During these transactions, he collected $550,000.
Mouston faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller is scheduled to sentence Mouton on March 16, 2020. The sentence will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors.