Music Promoter Gets 21 Months in Mariah Carey Scam

June 6, 2011 - 2:27 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A purported music entrepreneur who bilked a New Jersey investor out of $330,000 by claiming he was promoting a series of Mariah Carey concerts in Dubai has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Antywan (AN'-twahn) Ross also was sentenced Monday to pay more than $325,000 in restitution.

Ross, who now lives in Berkeley, Calif., headed RDA Group.

He claimed the Atlanta-based firm would use the money to promote the concerts. He told the investor that the money would be used for upfront expenses and that he'd be repaid with interest.

The shows never took place, the investor was never repaid and Ross admitted that he used most of the money for his own benefit.

He pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud.

The investor's name was not disclosed.