A Filipino-Canadian woman living in the US city of Las Vegas has been convicted of posing as a celebrity talent booker and defrauding numerous people.
Marlene Fitzgerald, 44, was charged with five felony counts for scamming her clients out of more than US$230,000 after falsely promising them that she would book celebrities for their events abroad, ABS-CBN News reported.
Fitzgerald ran multiple companies under the guise of entertainment booking agencies from December 2016 to July 2017.
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt said Fitzgerald operated World Entertainment LLC, Future Management and Total Entertainment Artist Management, which she used to promise victims performances by celebrities in exchange for large deposits.
One victim of Fitzgerald’s scam was promised that she would arrange to have Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber and American boxer Floyd Mayweather at his event but it never happened. The victim had already given her $60,000 as a down payment.
Fitzgerald’s sentencing is set for October.