Men Charged In Gaga And Lambert Gig Scam

Men Charged In Gaga And Lambert Gig Scam

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Two men have been charged with fraud for allegedly falsely advertising a concert featuring performances from Lady GaGa and Adam Lambert.
Fans of the stars who had paid out between $100 (£67) and $200 (£133) for tickets to a private event in West Virginia last month (Apr10) were left fuming after discovering it was a scam and the singers had not been booked for the event.
Police officials say ticket sales totalled more than $17,800 (£11,877).
And on Friday (07May10), Sherman Luke Loy and Dean R. DeSana, both 45, turned themselves into cops in Martinsburg in relation to the scam.
They were charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretence and released on bail, according to the Associated Press.
Both men deny the charge.


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Lady Gaga will always come out on top just like MICHAEL JACKSON..........
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Statement by Luke Loy (Martinsburg, WV) Luke Loy, owner of Hair by Luke and Leias Hair Products, is eager to set the record straight about his involvement, or more accurately, lack of involvement, with the planned Lady GaGa/Adam Lambert concert. Loy said, AThe community needs to heal from this incident--something that was well-intentioned on my part but went horribly wrong. I also want the community to know that I am strong in spirit, and that with faith, adversity can be overcome and challenges can be met. Anything is possible.@ As of today, all ticket purchasers have been refunded and charges have been dropped against Loy. Local authorities had charged Loy and Dean DeSano with obtaining monies under false pretenses because GaGa and Lambert were never contracted to perform. Charges listed complaints from 11 tickets purchasers, and the prosecution said those charges would be dismissed if the 11 buyers were refunded their money by either Loy or DeSano by Wednesday, July 14. Recently, Loy learned that the authorities had made a deal with DeSano, whereby he promised to pay back the money, and the authorities extended the time within which he might pay back the money. Authorities would not tell Loy how much money DeSano had promised to pay back, or when. Loy, who is a local businessman, and whose business has suffered tremendously as a result of the negative publicity surrounding the case, determined that neither he, nor the community could wait an indeterminate time to resolve the dispute. While Loy vigorously denies the charges made against him, and believes that the money should be repaid by others involved in the case, in an effort to heal the community, as quickly as possible, and to go back to doing what he loves best, working to make people beautiful, Loy has borrowed enough money from his mother to pay back ALL ticket purchasers, not just the 11 listed in the charges. The concert was to take place this past spring 2010 at the Sam Michaels Park near Harpers Ferry, WV. DeSano, a professed concert promoter, was a client at Hair by Luke and asked Loy if he would like a concert to promote his hair care product launch. Loy, who had been planning a simple reception at a local hotel for his product launch, agreed, but he was not involved with any concert planning or contracts. Loy was responsible for selling tickets at his hair salon and preparing displays and marketing for the product at the concert. The only contract Loy ever saw was the agreement that DeSano provided to show to the media. Loy revealed, AThe concert was not for me to make money on tickets. All the proceeds were to pay the concert production and talent costs plus DeSano=s profit. Everyday, DeSano collected cash from the tickets that I sold at the salon. I set up a separate account to accept checks with the purpose of writing one check for the total amount to DeSano. I was certain that the concert would take place--it was to be an awesome opportunity for the community I love to see two superstars in a small, intimate setting right here in the Eastern Panhandle. I also thought it would be an opportunity for local businesses who sold tickets to get traffic into their business.@ AI=ve lived in the Eastern Panhandle all of my life. I=m a local business owner so I make my living here. Why on earth would I be involved in such an obvious fraud, that was so certain to come to light, and would damage my name, my reputation, my relationships and my business? As the concert idea moved forward, and people paid for their tickets, I never felt that I was getting away with something, or getting over on them, because I knew in my heart that the concert would take place. I made a mistake in who I trusted, and now, by stepping up to the plate and paying all of these people, I am working to put this mess behind me, and to regain the support and trust of the community.@ No stranger to hardship, Loy has vowed to bounce back from this heart-wrenching disappointment that has nearly destroyed his business. When telling his story, Loy said he doesn=t want anyone to feel sorry for him, he just wants people to know that anything is possible with faith and hard work. APhysically, I=m not 100%,@ admitted Loy, explaining that the emotions, and anxiety connected with the criminal charges have caused his already shaky health to become even more problematic, Abut I=ve overcome bladder cancer, injury, panic attacks and paralysis. I pulled myself on the floor and then crawled when my back and legs were at their worst. With much of this, I never had medical treatment because I didn=t have insurance. I took Advil and prayed. I wanted and needed to work and still do.@ Loy is considered a worker=s comp success story. He quit school in ninth grade to help support his mother after his parents= divorced. He eventually earned his GED. After an on the job injury, he decided to go to the local International Beauty School. His worker=s comp counselor suggested that Loy take disability, but Loy was determined to succeed. Loy, now 45, has always owned his own salon and now has his on product line of hair care products called Leias. Loy=s salon, which is now open on Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg, will relocate to a new location at 636 New York Avenue, Martinsburg, West Virginia in late August of this year. In addition to the amenities offered by full service salon, including hair care, tanning, manicures, and pedicures, Loy also sells his hair care line through the salon and through his website www.leiashairproducts.com Leias, which stands for Luke=s Elegant Ideals Answers Style, is a hair care collection that contains shampoo, conditioner, detangler/leave-in conditioner, thickener, straightener, pomade, hair spray and gel mousse. Loy said, AI=ve worked with three chemists over five years to create these products. It=s the only hair product line that is universal, meaning any hair type or color, any skin type or color and any age can use it. I have an investor who has stuck by me and believes in the product. Everyone who tries the hair products, loves them.@ AThere=s a saying, >what doesn=t kill you makes you stronger,= then I should be pretty strong now,@ Luke managed to smile. He added, AAdam Lambert=s fans need to be thanked. Without them being so dedicated to Adam Lambert, and aware of Adam=s concert schedule, and questioning whether the promised promotional concert would occur, more tickets would have been sold, and this situation would have been much worse. With this disappointment behind me, I continue to believe the impossible is possible, and I love my community.@
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I don't understand. What did GaGa do?
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