Four men are accused of running a concert scheme in which they tried to get investors to pay millions of dollars for shows they said were for A-list singers Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Janet Jackson, federal authorities said.
Authorities were alerted to the alleged scam in July 2018 when a lawyer for an entertainment company that represents Rihanna contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report that a man named Kwasi Asare, 39, of New Orleans, was trying to get investors to pay $19.5 million for a Rihanna concert, NBC News reported.
Asare had promised a 22 percent return on the investments, according to a complaint filed in April by the United State's Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.
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After representatives of the "Umbrella" singer denied knowing Asare and told FBI that she had no plans to do a tour, an undercover agent contacted Asare posing as an interested investor, according to the filings.