Monday 25 March, 2019

Drummer suspected of embezzling $750K from charity concert

Robin DiMaggio attends the 22nd Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Dec. 6, 2012, in Beverly Hills. Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP file

Robin DiMaggio attends the 22nd Annual Beat the Odds Awards on Dec. 6, 2012, in Beverly Hills. Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP file

Prosecutors say the former musical director for the United Nations and Arsenio Hall's TV show has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $750,000 from an overseas charity concert for homeless children.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Monday that Robin DiMaggio could face wire fraud charges. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

Prosecutors say DiMaggio was wired $750,000 after agreeing to help the Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation to organise a concert in Bulgaria.

Officials say instead of putting the money in escrow to pay artists, the 47-year-old used it to pay personal expenses and buy his ex-wife a house.

If convicted, DiMaggio could face 20 years in prison.

In his career as a drummer, DiMaggio has played on albums by Paul Simon and Diana Ross.

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