MOBILE, Ala. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A scam artist duped an Alabama nightclub and 700 of its patrons by promoting a fake Lil' Wayne concert.
According to NBC 15, management at Club Illusions claims that a man identified himself as Tony Lee from Coastal Boy Entertainment signed a contract to rent the club out for a June 21st Lil Wayne performance. After 700 fans but no Lil Wayne showed up at the appropriate time, club security reportedly confronted Lee, who assured them that the singer was on his way. Lee and an unidentified accomplice then absconded with approximately $45,000 in ticket proceeds.
"We got scammed real bad," said Esa Jones, the club's manager. "It looked planned, they printed tickets, had radio advertisements, ticket locations, it looks so legit."
Subsequent calls to Lil' Wayne's management revealed that the artist had never been booked for the event.
The club has announced that they cannot repay patrons for the event, but instead plan to hold several free Audience Appreciation Night concerts. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers