Joe Meli, Cousin Face Charges Over Alleged Ticket Resale Fraud
Joe Meli, already in prison after entering a guilty plea to a ticket resale Ponzi scheme in 2017, is facing new charges in New York that he participated in a similar scheme following his arrest. The SEC and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that... Read more
Christian Concert Promoter Charged With $3M Investment Fraud
A man and his company are accused of using $3 million from nearly 150 investors, which he said was meant to promote Christian music concerts and festivals, to pay off personal debts. Jeffrey E. Wall of Freeport, Maine and his business, The Lighthouse Events LLC, are the center of... Read more
Former Iowa Radio Host Charged In $1.5M Ticket Scam
A former Iowa-based sports radio host has been indicted on federal charges after allegedly scamming multiple investors out of $1.5 million in a ticket resale scheme. According to the Des Moines Register, Marty Tirrell, 59, faces six federal fraud charges for allegedly stealing over $1 million from at least... Read more
Fyre Fest’s Billy McFarland Ordered To Pay $3M To Former Investor
Entrapreneur Billy McFarland, the infamous leader behind 2017’s failed Fyre Festival, has been ordered to pay back $3 million to an investor who sponsored the event. Earlier this week, New York County Judge Joel H. Cohen handed out a default judgement in favor of EHL Funding, the defrauded investor,... Read more
Georgia Man Scams Family, Friends Out Of $750K For Super Bowl Tickets
Update (as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon) Shah has been arrested at the Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula, California after a casino worker recognized him from media coverage, WSB-TV Atlanta reports. He is currently being held in California until he can be extradited back to Georgia. A Georgia... Read more
‘Meeting of the Minds Concert’ Sparks Suspicion, Possible Scam
A Michigan man is promoting “Meeting of the Minds” festival, an event supposedly taking place late May with some of the top hip-hop artists in the industry, but the festival’s information poses some questions. The festival website notes that the festival will include performances from Gucci Mane, Cardi B,... Read more
Former Microsoft Exec Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud, Stealing Tickets
A former executive at Microsoft, who had allegedly used his position to steal $1 million in Super Bowl tickets, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge on Thursday. Jeff Tran, 45, who worked as the Director of Sports Marketing and Alliances at Microsoft, was indicted on five counts... Read more
Star Drummer Suspected Of Embezzling $750K From Charity Concert
The former musical director for the United Nations and star drummer has been arrested after suspicion of embezzling $750,000 from an overseas charity concert, according to prosecutors. Robin DiMaggio, 47, agreed to help the Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation organize a concert for homeless and displaced children... Read more
Former Ticketing Director Pleads Guilty To Stealing $361K From UMN
A former University of Minnesota ticketing director admitted to stealing $361,000 from the school’s athletic department this morning. Brent Holck, 37, was charged with one count of wire fraud this past November. As of Friday, he pleaded guilty to the felony under an agreement with federal prosecutors. By choosing... Read more
Multiple Investors Suing Producer Over Failed Steve Jobs, Bill Gates Musical
A producer is being sued by multiple investors for alleged fraud over a failed Broadway musical. The musical, dubbed “Nerds,” was set to be produced by Carl Levin and revolve around the rivalry between tech giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Levin claimed he had garnered $6.2 million in... Read more