SCAMMERS CHARGED IN a SCHEME FALSELY CLAIMING

 a FICTITIOUS CONCERT PERFORMANCE

 by country/pop singer taylor swift

 

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced today that Derrick “Suits” Robinson (DOB 02/12/83) of 60 Gibson Avenue, White Plains, New York, and Emmanuel “KojoBentil (DOB 07/27/64) of 10 Drake Lane, White Plains, New York were arraigned on a Felony Complaint charging them with:

 

·         one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,

·         two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies.

 

The defendants, between November 30, 2009 and January 22, 2010, while acting in concert stole approximately $225,000 from Kachik Mouradian, CEO of Omega Alpha Enterprises of Los Angeles, California, an investor, by falsely representing to Mouradian that they were affiliated with agents for the Country/Pop singer Taylor Swift.

 

The defendants convinced Mouradian to initially invest $375,000 in a fictitious concert featuring Taylor Swift which was scheduled to take place in March of 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

In order to convince Kachik Mouradian to invest in the concert, Bentil, a New York attorney, presented Mouradian with two fictitious documents which were ostensibly signed by Michael Schweiger, CEO of Central Entertainment Group, (CEG Talent) of New York City.

 

On December 7, 2009 Bentil presented Mouradian with an “Artist Offer Letter” bearing the forged signature of Michael Schweiger, which stated that Michael Schweiger was an authorized representative of Taylor Swift and had entered into an agreement to have Taylor Swift perform in a concert in March of 2010.

 

On January 11, 2010, Bentil created a “Performance Agreement” ostensibly signed by Michael Schweiger which specified that an agreement had been reached for Taylor Swift to perform in a concert, in Phoenix Arizona on March 9, 2010 in exchange for the sum of $500,000 and other considerations.

 

In presenting the aforementioned “Artist Offer Letter” and “Performance Agreement” to Kachik Mouradian for his signature, not only did the defendants falsely represent that CEG Talent was authorized to act on behalf of Taylor Swift, but also that the signature on said “Artist Offer Letter” and “Performance Agreement” purporting to be that of Michael Schweiger, was in fact a forgery.

 

Bentil subsequently returned $150,000 of the initial investment when confronted by Mouradian regarding the deception by the defendants.

 

The defendants did not have the permission or consent of Michael Schweiger to place his signature on any documents and did use the remaining portion of Kachik Mouradian’s money for their own personal use without the authority or consent of Kachik Mouradian.

 

Bail for Robinson was set at $5,000 cash or bond. His next court date will be on April 2nd, 2012.

 

Bail for Bentil was set at $100,000 cash or bond. His next court date will be on April 11th, 2012.

 

They face a maximum of five to fifteen years in state prison.

 

Bentil faces disbarment if convicted of a Felony.

 

Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

Derrick “Suits” Robinson  Emmanuel “KojoBentil

 

 

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of

Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is

merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed

innocent until and unless proven guilty.