The U.S. Attorney’s Office says an Illinois man will go to prison for running a scheme where he falsely claimed to represent top talent in order to defraud universities.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Woods did something similar to the University of Missouri. But a guilty plea didn’t stop him from continuing to try and dupe universities into falling for his scam.
“Student groups at Emory University, the University of Missouri, and victims overseas hired Woods’s fake companies to book artists for concerts and festivals,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In reality, Woods had no relationship with the artists. After his victims wired him money to book the concerts, Woods transferred the funds to other accounts and then made cash withdrawals. Hours after he pleaded guilty in April 2018, Woods continued to lure more victims into transferring him money for concerts that were never going to happen.”
Woods was sentenced to three years, 10 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.