LINDEN – A city resident accused of pretending to be a high-profile promoter for well-known musicians was arrested this morning after an investigation into a concert scam, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.
Yusuf Nadir, 38, was arrested without incident on March 10 by the Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit at his home on the 1200 block of East St. Georges Avenue in Linden. He will be held at the Union County Jail $75,000 bail, authorities said.
Nadir is charged with second and third degree counts of theft by deception, second and third degree counts of criminal impersonation and three third degree counts of writing bad checks.
Nadir allegedly called concert venues around the country and identified himself using the names of actual talent representatives from artists like Lil Wayne, said Romankow.
During these conversations Nadir allegedly asked venues to deposit a “down payment” for future concert dates into accounts he controlled. As of his arrest, authorities are aware of at least $100,000 in payments received by Nadir from concert venues in Ohio and North Carolina.
The investigation is continuing with the assistance of law enforcement around the country as well as promotional companies like Live Nation, Romankow said.
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