SACRAMENTO (CelebrityAccess) — A Patterson man pleaded guilty this week to defrauding concert promoters and investors of more than $550,000 by claiming to be able to book top tier artists to perform at concerts.
According to Federal prosecutors, 39-year-old Jordan Mouton, who also goes by the sobriquet Big Cheeze, faces charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the concert promotion scheme.
Mouton also pleaded guilty to engaging in monetary transactions involving criminally derived property.
According to court filings, Mouton positioned himself as a well-connected industry player with numerous connections in the concert business who could secure the services of entertainment artists to perform concerts in Asia and elsewhere, including the services of artists known as Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5, and Rihanna, among others.
In one instance, Mouton was alleged to have provided one victim with an “Artist Management Agreement” containing a forged signature of Snoop Dogg which claimed that Mouton had been appointed to serve as the rap legend’s “[m]anager, adviser and representative throughout China and greater Asia” and provided the same victim with counterfeit passports which supposedly belonged to members of the band Maroon 5.
Prosecutors alleged that Mouton gave another victim letters containing forged signatures that purportedly authorized Mouton to book and organize performances by Rihanna and another artist on what Mouton and others referred to as the “Asia Monster Tour” or “Asian Monster Tour.”
Mouton faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the wire fraud charges, up to 10 years, and $250,00o for the criminally derived transactions and a mandatory term of 2 yers and up to $250,000 for identity theft. He is scheduled for sentencing on March 16, 2020.