Music Booking Scammer Claims He Was Coerced Into Plea Deal
A crook who copped to grand larceny charges for falsely promising promoters he could book world-famous performers including Rihanna and Lady Gaga tried to back out of his plea deal Tuesday claiming he was coerced.
Meceo McEaddy, who along with pal Vincent Carroll, allegedly stole $3.7 million from promoters, claimed he only signed the plea deal in October 2013 because his previous lawyer threatened he’d “never see the light of day” if he didn’t.
But Justice Melissa Jackson didn’t buy his coercion claim and sentenced him to 5-to-10 years in prison.
As he was led away in cuffs, his mother, who wouldn’t give her name, shouted to him from the gallery, “Why didn’t you say anything about the diabetes?”
“He was delusional,” she said after court. “He’s a diabetic. This man got railroaded.”
Mc Eaddy, 39, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of grand larceny and scheme to defraud last October. Vincent Carroll, 48, was sentenced to 3-to-9 years on similar charges. The thieving duo must pay $2.5 million in restitution as part of their sentence.
“These scam artists bilked event promoters and party planners across the globe, to the tune of $3.7 million,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “As this investigation progressed, victim after victim came forward to report that the defendants had promised to book them performances by international stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Justin Timberlake.” — Ross Toback | New York Post
Two Scam Artists Sentenced For Music Booking Con
Two scam artists who conned event promoters and party planners into paying them millions to book famous musicians they didn't represent now have been both sentenced to prison, the Manhattan district attorney's office said yesterday.
Meceo McEaddy, also known as Ray Annis, 39, was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from clients. He joins co-conspirator Sylvester Vincent Carroll, 48, also known as Vincent Carroll, who was sentenced earlier this month to three to nine years in prison for stealing more than $2.7 million.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said McEaddy and Carroll told multiple clients across the world that they could book big names including Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber for their events, charging them a total of $3.7 million for their false services beginning in June 2010.
McEaddy pleaded guilty to accepting as much as $125,000 from clients with the promise that he'd book artists including Justin Timberlake, Kesha and others for their events. None of the artists were ever booked. McEaddy was also convicted of fraud for not filing state income taxes for the money he stole.
In addition to their sentences, the pair have to pay back more than $2.5 million to their victims. — JORDAN G. TEICHER
Jail for Man Who Stole Millions, Lied About Booking Rihanna and Justin Bieber
A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.announced the sentencing of 39-year-old Meceo McEaddy on Tuesday.
His co-defendant, 48-year-old Sylvester Vincent Carroll, of New Jersey, was sentenced this month to three to nine years in prison. Both pleaded guilty to multiple counts of grand larceny, scheme to defraud and other charges.
Vance says the two stole about $3.7 million from party planners around the world. He says the scheme began in 2010 when the duo took $825,000 from a Brazilian company that believed it had booked Rihanna for concerts in Rio de Janeiro. — Billboard