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'Wonder Blunder' Co-Defendant Sentenced

‘Wonder Blunder’ Co-Defendant Sentenced

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HONOLULU (CelebrityAccess) Sean Barriero, who pleaded guilty in 2012 of aiding and abetting the transportation of stolen property, has been sentenced to two months in jail and four months home confinement for his role in the “Wonder Blunder” scam in Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii paid a $200,000 deposit in 2012 and began selling tickets for a Stevie Wonder benefit show before realizing that officials were not communicating with Wonder’s actual representatives, CAA. The show, of course, never happened and the money disappeared.

Prosecutors say Barriero created a false contract that told the university that its money would be placed into escrow, which is a common practice prior to the fulfillment of a performance agreement, but instead Barriero distributed to himself, co-defendant Marc Hubbard and others, according to the Associated Press.

Barriero was facing up to 12 to 18 months in prison prosecutors asked for a lighter sentence because his cooperation led to Hubbard pleading guilty to wire fraud. Hubbard was recently sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

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