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Berkeley Music Promoter Gets 21-Month Sentence In Mariah Carey Scam

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Mariah Carey (AP Photo/ Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Mariah Carey (AP Photo/ Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BERKELEY (CBS/AP) – A purported music entrepreneur now living in Berkeley who bilked a New Jersey investor out of $330,000 by claiming he was promoting a series of Mariah Carey concerts in Dubai has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Antywan Ross also was sentenced Monday to pay more than $325,000 in restitution.

Ross, who headed Atlanta-based RDA Group, claimed his firm would use the money to promote the concerts. He told the investor that the money would be used for upfront expenses and that he’d be repaid with interest.

The shows never took place, the investor was never repaid and Ross admitted that he used most of the money for his own benefit.

He pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud.  The investor’s name was not disclosed.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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