Musician Kasey Anderson, left, walks with his attorney, Corey Endo, after Anderson made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court.
SEATTLE (KPTV/AP) -
A Vancouver musician has been arrested and charged with raising more than $525,000 for fictitious music projects, including one that purportedly involved some big-name artists.
Kasey Anderson surrendered to federal investigators in Seattle on Tuesday to face the charges against him. According to prosecutors, Anderson was raising money to create an album called Trapped Like a Ghost, which was allegedly to benefit the West Memphis Three, a group of men convicted of murder in 1994.
They say that he convinced people to invest by pretending that famous musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White would be contributing tracks. Anderson also allegedly fabricated emails from Springsteen's manager.
Anderson made an initial appearance at U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday. He has not yet entered a plea to the wire fraud charges against him.
Prosecutors say he has repaid $160,000 of the donations.
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