Phony Checks Lead To Phony Promoter

BEAVERTON, Ore. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A three-day dance festival in Oregon that listed Shakira as one of the headliners for the event proved to be little more than smoke and mirrors.

Police were alerted to the scam when 24-year-old Olga Antropova purchased tickets, business cards and promotional materials for the festival and allegedly paid for it with a bad check. The printers, suspecting that the event might be bogus, contacted the police.

A local news outlet, KATU, set up a meeting with Antropova, ostensibly to purchase tickets for the event and then confronted her about the event. According to KATU, Antropova became angry and fled in a rented car with a man behind the wheel who was subsequently arrested and identified as 35-year-old Nguyen Nguyen, who was wanted on warrants for identity theft in King County, Clark County and Tigard.

Antropova has subsequently began to cooperate with authorities in the matter and has painted Nguyen as the mastermind.

"He mainly hurt people that were close to him – family," she said. "He doesn't just take their money, he takes the trust. He takes years out of your life."

As of yet, it has not been determined how many people were taken in by the scam. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers