WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu FBI special agents on Monday morning arrested a 56-year-old man for allegedly posing as a concert and special events promoter, defrauding several people in Hawaii by advertising fake concerts and events.
A federal grand jury indicted Turk Cazimero on April 20 on three counts of federal wire fraud, a crime with a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison per count.
The indictment said Cazimero used the alias, "Hawaiian Hurricane Productions," in an elaborate fraud scheme in which he allegedly claimed to promote non-existent concerts and special events in exchange for investment returns, event sponsorships and profit sharing.
He allegedly showed prospective investors event fliers and other forms of promotional material to make it appear as if a country music concert and rodeo was booked when that was not the case. The event sponsors cited in the materials were not even event sponsors, according to the indictment.
The indictment accuses Cazimero of using investors' money for personal purposes and to partially repay individuals who had previously invested in concerts and events that never happened.
Cazimero is also accused of soliciting and receiving money from Hawaii residents by falsely claiming that he was promoting the "Vans Warped DJ Tour" in multiple cities even though no such tour existed and Cazimero did not have a business relationship with the company.
Victims invested approximately $638,000 in fake concerts and events, the indictment said.
Cazimero was arrested around 6:30 a.m. at his Waimanalo home. He has been turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service and is awaiting his initial court appearance at 2 p.m. Monday.