Two Men Arrested For Using Taylor Swift's Name To Promote Bogus Concert
March 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM (PT)
CBS NEWS is reporting that two men allegedly exploited BIG MACHINE star TAYLOR SWIFT’s name to promote a bogus concert and steal nearly $225,000 from a CALIFORNIA investor. DERRICK "SUITS" ROBINSON and EMMANUEL "KOJO" BENTIL are charged with grand larceny and forgery for falsely claiming they were affiliated with agents for SWIFT and planned to put on a concert.
The men convinced CEO of OMEGA ALPHA ENTERPRISES KACHIK MOURADIAN to invest $375,000 for a fake concert in PHOENIX. Authorities say the documents that were sent were signed with the forged signature of MICHAEL SCHWEIGER, CEO of CEG TALENT in NEW YORK CITY, stating he was an authorized representative of TAYLOR.
Bail for BENTIL was set at $100,000 cash or bond. Bail for ROBSINSON was set at $5,000 cash or bond. Both are due back in court in APRIL and face five to 15 years in prison if convicted.