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N.C. Man Charged In Botched Stevie Wonder Show In Hawaii

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File photo of Stevie Wonder. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

File photo of Stevie Wonder. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 to organize a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened.

Federal prosecutors and FBI investigators announced charges Thursday in Honolulu against 44-year-old Marc Hubbard. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

A grand jury has also returned an indictment against 44-year-old Sean Barriero of Miami. Barriero is accused of transporting the money as part of the deal.

The show was to raise funds for the athletic department. The school paid $200,000 as a deposit, but learned after starting to sell tickets that neither Wonder nor his representatives authorized the show.

State lawmakers determined the fiasco cost the university about $1.1 million total, including payments to three law firms.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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