NC man charged in botched Stevie Wonder show at UH

NC man charged in botched Stevie Wonder show at UH

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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 04: Stevie Wonder warms up the crowd during a campaign rally for President Barack Obama at Fifth Third Arena November 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. With only two days left in the presidential election, Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are stumping from one "swing state" to the next in a last-minute rush to persuade undecided voters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

HONOLULU (AP) -- A North Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 to organize a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.   

 
Federal prosecutors and FBI investigators announced charges Thursday in Honolulu against 44-year-old Marc Hubbard. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.  
 
A grand jury has also returned an indictment against 44-year-old Sean Barriero of Miami. Barriero is accused of transporting the money as part of the deal.   
 
The show was to raise funds for the athletic department. The school paid $200,000 as a deposit, but learned after starting to sell tickets that neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized the show.   
 
State lawmakers determined the fiasco cost the university about $1.1 million total, including payments to three law firms. 

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