Court date for ex-music promoter in $300M fraud case

Author: Associated Press
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MIAMI (AP) – A judge has refused to grant bail for a former music promoter who produced shows for acts such as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Aerosmith and was recently extradited from Brazil to face a $300 million criminal fraud case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres said Wednesday there was ample evidence 72-year-old Jack Utsick might attempt to flee prosecution. Authorities say he took off for Brazil in 2007 amid investigations by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission into his Worldwide Entertainment Inc. promotion company.

Utsick was extradited last year.

Authorities say the concert business was actually a Ponzi scheme, with older investors being paid with money from newer ones. An estimated 3,300 investors were defrauded out of nearly $300 million.

Utsick will plead not guilty to mail fraud charges.

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