Alleged Hawaii concert scammer pleads not guilty


Alleged Hawaii concert scammer pleads not guilty

HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man is pleading not guilty to federal charges he defrauded the University of Hawaii.

Prosecutors say Mark Hubbard scammed the school out of $200,000 intended as a deposit for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.

Hubbard entered his plea before Judge Kevin Chang on Friday. Attorney John Schum says Hubbard’s trial is scheduled to start on Jan. 21.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The indictment says Hubbard convinced a local promoter that he had connections with a former Motown Records executive who could secure Wonder for a fundraiser on Aug. 18.

The school paid $200,000 as a deposit, but later learned neither the singer nor his representatives authorized the concert.

Schum says Pete Anderson is taking over as Hubbard’s attorney.

 

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