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Bogus Booking Agent for Lil' Wayne Facing Federal Prison


Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.


RIVERSIDE - A Moreno Valley man who posed as a booking agent for rapper Lil' Wayne, and defrauded multiple victims seeking to secure the artist for shows in the U.S. and Canada, faces more than 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced inthree months.

Nicholaus Saint James, 30, is slated to be sentenced March 7 by U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush in Riverside.

James was convicted Thursday on six counts of wire fraud for taking nearly $160,000 from people who paid for performances featuring Wayne, shows that never happened.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, James, who also goes by Semaj Carter, created websites that purported to contain contact information for Lil' Wayne's promoter, via a fictitious company called Loedown Management.

Federal prosecutors alleged that at least five individuals representing venues in Arkansas, Canada, Nevada, New Jersey and Rhode Island communicated with James, who entered into contracts arranging to have Lil' Wayne do concerts and other appearances in 2008.

The largest contract involved a wire transfer of $100,500 to James's bank account to book Lil' Wayne for a six-city concert tour in Advertisement
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Canada, as well as a stop in Las Vegas, according to court papers.

When the rapper was a no-show, the tour promoters contacted authorities in Riverside County, spawning an investigation during which sheriff's detectives and U.S. Secret Service agents uncovered other fraudulent activity. James was interviewed by investigators in April 2009 and admitted defrauding multiple individuals, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"The defendant said he started out legitimately booking artists, but he got scammed himself and thereafter started defrauding others," according to a trial brief filed by Asst. U.S. Attorney Stephen Merrill.

According to the memorandum, James used his ill-gotten gains to pay off debts, gamble in Vegas and "purchase 'pills, coke and marijuana."'

The sometime Hip Hop DJ told investigators that he knew Lil' Wayne and his "people," including the rapper's manager, Cortez Bryant, whom authorities later confirmed handled all of Lil' Wayne's bookings personally.

Quackenbush referred the case to the U.S. Department of Probation & Pretrial Services for analysis and to provide a recommended sentence. The judge allowed the defendant to remain free on a $25,000 bond until his sentencing date.


 

3 comments

Comment Profile ImageLarry B.
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:46 am
What's a "Lil Wayne"? Is it a medical condition? Just wondering...
Comment Profile Imageweezy f.
Comment #2 | Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm
woooow your really funny you stupid dumb***
Comment Profile ImageFUNNY :^)
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm
Looks like Weezy's panties are in a bunch. Get over it Weezy. What kind of name is that... Weezy? Stupid dumb****... weezing from all the pot smoking while listening to Lil Wayne? I bet. His music is no good anyway.

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