‘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
Ed Sheeran’s Management Sued for Alleged Fraud by Viagogo
Viagogo has filed a lawsuit against concert promoter Kilimanjaro Live, claiming that the company committed fraud in setting up fake stalls at Ed Sheeran tour stops, inviting fans who purchased tickets legally from the resale company to verify their validity, only to cancel them and force fans to purchase... Read more
Travel Agent Arrested For Scamming Several Essence Festival Concertgoers
A travel agent and entrepreneur was arrested for allegedly scamming dozens of women trying to book a vacation to attend New Oreleans’ Essence Festival, resulting in a loss of tens of thousands of dollars. Nakesia Washington, 41, of OBL Travel L.L.C. helped several dozen women book concert tickets, hotel... Read more
Promoter Gabriel Reed Lands 57 Month Sentence for Fraud
Gabe Reed, a concert promoter who operated out of both Texas and California, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on Monday for his role in the defrauding of investors for at least $1.7 million. Reed, who pled guilty in November to one count of wire fraud, will... Read more
Poker Pro Indicted For Alleged Fraud Against Ticket Operation’s Investors
Tickets to the world’s two most popular football events – the Super Bowl and World Cup – are at the center of an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury this week against a California man, according to the Orange County Register. Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli was charged... Read more
California Man Admits to Faking Red Hot Chili Peppers Connection in Concert Fraud
A Berkley, California man has pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme where he misrepresented his affiliations with the Red Hot Chili Peppers rock group to would-be concert promoters, and now faces up to a maximum of 20 years in prison, according to coverage in the San Francisco Gate newspaper.... Read more