2 Accused of Bilking Investor Over Fake Taylor Swift Concert

Prosecutors say a businessman from Los Angeles was persuaded to put $375,000 into the deal.

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 3:53 PM EDT
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The Westchester County district attorney's office says Derrick Robinson (left) and Emmanuel Bentil (right), both of White Plains, are charged with grand larceny and possession of a forgery.

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Prosecutors say two White Plains men duped a businessman into investing $375,000 in a Taylor Swift concert that didn't exist.

The Westchester County district attorney's office says Derrick Robinson and Emmanuel Bentil, both of White Plains, are charged with grand larceny and possession of a forgery.

Prosecutors say the men used the forged signature of talent agent Michael Schweiger on two documents about a fake Swift concert scheduled for March 2010 in Phoenix.

The documents said Swift would be paid half a million dollars.

Prosecutors say a businessman from Los Angeles was persuaded to put $375,000 into the deal. They say he eventually got back $150,000.

Lawyers for Robinson and Bentil, who is an attorney himself, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

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