Duo busted in alleged music promotion scam
Two men were arrested in New York on Thursday for posing as managers for some top pop stars and illegally raking in cash from international concert venues.
Sylvester Vincent Carroll, 47, and Meceo McEaddy, 38, allegedly stole more than $2 million from promoters in Mexico and South America who thought they were booking Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha.
The duo, who was charged with grand larceny, defrauded a Brazil event company in June 2010 by making promoters believe they worked for Rihanna, the Manhattan District Attorney's office said.
Carroll allegedly created a fake email account using the name of the pop singer's manager to steal $825,000.
In March 2012, Carroll pulled a similar stunt with a Mexican promoter who thought he was booking Lady Gaga, the DA's office said.
McEaddy allegedly stole $45,000 from promoters in Long Island and Taiwan after he lied to promoters that he could book Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, around the same time.
McEaddy used the money for restaurants, furniture stores, a nightclub, and on airline expenses, the district attorney's office said.