STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An undercover FBI investigation nabbed three California natives and a Louisiana man after they allegedly devised a scheme to solicit funds for concert tours of several well-known musical artists, including Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars.Kwasi Asare, Mark Lamicka, James Ganiere and Kevin Carriker were arrested Wednesday morning in California following an undercover FBI operation that began after an attorney representing an entertainment company for Rihanna tipped off the FBI, according to a criminal complaint provided by the United States Department of Justice. The attorney said that that the four men were soliciting potential investors in an attempt to raise $19.5 million for a tour the artist never agreed to, the criminal complaint says.Representatives of Rihanna denied knowing Asare and denied that Rihanna agreed to do the tour, according to the complaint.Beginning in July of 2018, the FBI posed as an investor and communicated with Asare primarily through email, calls and text messages, the complaint says.During those conversations, Asare regularly solicited the FBI to invest funds into various concert tours, including a possible $4 million investment in a one-off concert for Bruno Mars, according to the criminal complaint.Representatives of Bruno Mars said that the performer never… Read full this story
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