'Wonder Blunder' defendant gets new trial date

Hubbard to appear in U.S. District Court on April 9

Published  12:25 PM HST Dec 31, 2012

A new trial date has been set for a North Carolina concert promoter accused of scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.

Jury selection is now scheduled to start April 9 at U.S. District Court in Honolulu.  It was previously slated for late January.

Attorneys for promoter Marc Hubbard and prosecutors agreed to the change last week.

Authorities say Hubbard convinced a local promoter he had connections with a former Motown Records executive who could secure Wonder for an August fundraiser.

The school paid $200,000 as a deposit and began selling advance tickets, but later learned neither the singer nor his representatives authorized the concert.
Hubbard pleaded not guilty in November.  He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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