LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — A professional musician who did a stint as musical director for the United Nations and the Arsenio Hall television show is facing federal charges that he allegedly embezzling $750,000 from a charity concert for homeless children.
According to a criminal complaint, DiMaggio offered to assist Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation, a Bulgarian non-profit, organize a charity event in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia with an eye towards assisting homeless and displaced children around the world.
DiMaggio was alleged to have assured the Foundation that he could use his position in the entertainment world to secure the participation of several celebrities for the show
In 2016, the Foundation allegedly wired $750,000 to a DiMaggio-controlled account for artist guarantees, which DiMaggio promised to put in escrow.
However, DiMaggio was instead alleged to have put the money into his personal account where he used the money for personal expenses, including payments on credit cards, and cars, as well as a $251,000 to purchase a home for his ex-wife to partially settle outstanding spousal support claims.
Prosecutors also allege that he diverted $150,000 of the funds to his own company DiMagic Entertainment, Inc.
At the same time, prosecutors allege that he emailed the Foundation to warn them that “an entire group of managers” believed the charity concert in Bulgaria should be postponed from October 2016 to December of the same year, and when representatives demanded their money back, he told them it had been used for deposits for artists and when he was able to recover the deposits, he would return it to the Foundation.
After the Foundation sued him, DiMaggio then claimed a third party had accessed his email account and had absconded with the funds, prosecutors alleged. In 2016, DiMaggio filed for bankruptcy.
DiMaggio was arraigned on Monday and released on bail to the tune of $40,000 as well as electronic monitoring.
If convicted on the federal wire fraud charge, DiMaggio would face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.