Four men have been arrested for allegedly running a multi-million dollar concert scam claiming to host Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Janet Jackson.
As reported by the New York Daily News, the four men were arrested last Wednesday (1st May) in California after plotting a fake concert featuring the three stars as their major ‘headliners’.
The FBI was alerted to the alleged scam back in July 2018 following Rihanna’s lawyer notifying them that a man named Kwasi Asare from New Orleans was trying to trick investors into paying $19.5 million for a Rihanna concert.
An undercover officer posing as a potential investor met with Asare who tried to scam him into paying $4 million dollars to support a Rihanna and Bruno Mars performance at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Mr. Asare continued to inform him that the concert was being promoted by Rio Vista Universal executives Mark Lamica and James Ganiere who are both named as suspects. In February, Asare contacted the ‘investor’ yet again, asking for $20 million for a concert with Janet Jackson herself.
In all instances, representatives of the singers have all denied knowing Asare and his co-defendants.
According to sources to NBC News, Mark Lamica has a long history of defrauding investors in similar schemes. The fourth suspect, Kevin Carriker has previously served 13 years in prison for stealing and stabbing his employer for $75,000.
All four defendants have been arrested in California and charged with wire fraud conspiracy.