HONOLULU (AP) - A North Carolina concert promoter is pleading guilty to defrauding the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 for a Stevie Wonder fundraiser concert that never happened.
Marc Hubbard pleaded guilty to wire fraud in Honolulu federal court Tuesday, saying he lied about his ability to secure Wonder for a concert.
In 2012, the university paid a $200,000 deposit, began selling tickets and then learned neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized a show.
Thousands of tickets had to be refunded, causing embarrassment for the school and various investigations.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Hubbard's sentence run concurrently with the sentence he receives for a similar case in Pennsylvania. He's scheduled to be sentenced in Pennsylvania next week and in Hawaii on Feb. 16.