Law enforcement officials charged a California music director with one count of wire fraud after he failed to deliver on his promise of holding a charity concert featuring high profile musicians. Herbert Weston & Tanya Weston, Criminal Lawyers, in Vista, understand how a strong defense against allegations of wrongdoing may help you avoid a harsh punishment. While a fraud charge is a very serious matter, you may also discover that an offense might not be as severe as an indictment suggests.

According to Newsweek, organizers of a Bulgarian charity paid the former drummer $750,000 for his assistance in securing performers and celebrities to participate in a charity concert. The event’s mission involved raising donations to benefit displaced and homeless children. During a press conference, the drummer claimed that he booked several celebrities and musicians to perform; the concert, however, did not go on as planned.

The former music director pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge after spending the organization’s money on his personal needs. Authorities discovered the alleged scheme after the organization sued the music director, who then filed for bankruptcy protection. Reportedly, the former drummer used the organization’s money to make alimony payments, fund his business and purchase a new house and two cars.

After entering his guilty plea, the music director faces a sentence that might include up to 20 years of imprisonment. Without first constructing a strong defense to complement your plea, a judge may possibly order a punishment that could carry life-changing consequences.

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