A Hunterdon County man is one of two defendants charged with stealing more than $2 million from event promoters and a party planner.
Sylvester Vincent Carroll, 47, of Whitehouse Station is accused of promising to provide performances by world-famous recording artists for concerts or other events when he had no ability to enter into those contracts on behalf of the artists.
Both Carroll and co-defendant Meceo Mceaddy were charged Friday in New York State Supreme Court with grand larceny in the second degree and scheming to defraud in the first degree.
Mceaddy, 38, who resides in Queens, N.Y., also was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and criminal tax fraud in the second and fifth degrees.
Indictments against the two men were announced Friday by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. He said Mceaddy also is known as Ray Annis and Carroll also goes by Vincent Carroll.
"These defendants are charged with selling concert promoters around the world a false bill of goods," said Vance in a prepared statement. He said they capitalized on the popularity of three of the most famous pop stars: Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kesha.
Vance thanked the Readington Township Police Department and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office for assisting with Carroll's arrest.
According to the charges, beginning in June 2010 Carroll and Mceaddy defrauded an event production company in Brazil by leading it to believe Carroll would book Rihanna for concerts in Rio de Janeiro. The defendants stole about $825,000 from that company. The victimized company actually began promoting the falsely promised concerts.
Carroll is charged in a second indictment with falsely promising he could book Lady Gaga for a private party in Cancun, Mexico, in 2012. He claimed to be a personal friend of Lady Gaga's management. He is charged with stealing $650,000 from the party's organizer by claiming an advance deposit was needed to secure Lady Gaga's performance.