A musician who conned investors out of $600,000 has been sentenced to jail, Billboard reports.
Kasey Anderson, a singer-songwriter from Washington, ran several schemes to fraud backers out of their money, including claiming that he was working on a compilation album that would raise money for the legal funds of a trio of teenagers convicted of murder in 1994. Anderson told potential investors the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, REM and more were all involved with the record.
Anderson also conned people into funding his own album, falsifying paperwork that said it had already sold thousands of copies and earnt $1.4 million in royalties. The musician has now been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay back the money he stole by a court in Tacoma.
The songwriter says he suffers from mental illness and wrote a letter to the court explaining his actions. “I lied to myself and others, and believing those lies, I told myself consistently that whatever was going on with me I could fix it on my own. I convinced myself that it was normal,” he allegedly wrote.