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
Poker Pro Sentenced To Prison For Super Bowl, World Cup Ticket Scam
A California poker pro, who pled guilty to running a ticket scheme and scamming investors out of more than $6 million in Super Bowl and World Cup tickets, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday. The 47-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, ran a ticket... 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
Microsoft Employee Allegedly Embezzled $200,000 Of Super Bowl Tickets
An employee of Microsoft allegedly tried to steal more than $1.5 million through the creation of fraudulent invoices and unauthorized use of the company’s assets, and now faces up to 20 years in prison. According to the Department of Justice, Jeff Tran, who worked as the Director of Sports... Read more
Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Sentenced To Six Years In Prison
Billy McFarland, who scammed hundreds of concertgoers with the failed Fyre Festival last year, was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday for multiple counts of fraud. The sentence was given by U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald at a Manhattan federal court. His sentencing also includes three... Read more
California Man Receives Prison Time For Misrepresenting Red Hot Chili Peppers
A man from Berkley, California has been sentenced to two years in prison for misrepresenting his affiliations with the rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 49-year-old man, Quincy Krashna, lied about his connection with the band to a group of Eastern Europeans seeking to promote a show featuring... Read more
“Wonder Blunder” Promoter Tries to Withdraw Plea, Claims Mob Fears
In an unusual twist to what had played out as a very familiar story in the live entertainment world, a the promoter tied to the University of Hawaii “Wonder Blunder” is trying to withdraw his guilty plea in the case. The reason? He claims the plea stemmed from a... 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
Dallas Promoter Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud
Gabriel Reed, a promoter based out of Dallas, Texas and West Hollywood, pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of wire fraud after defrauding investors, performers, and promoters who invested in rock concerts and World Wrestling Entertainment events, according to Law Fuel. Reed, 46, operated his business for... Read more