LOS ANGELES – The former musical director of “The Arsenio Hall Show” was sentenced immediately to 27 months in federal jail for embezzling almost $1 million from a charity live performance supposed to boost cash for youngsters made homeless by wars.
Robin DiMaggio, 49, of Woodland Hills, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who described his actions as “a despicable crime of sheer greed.” Judge Gee additionally ordered DiMaggio to service one 12 months of dwelling confinement as soon as he has completed serving his jail sentence. A restitution listening to on this case might be scheduled within the coming months.
During the summer time of 2016, DiMaggio promised to assist the Bulgaria-based non-profit group Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation manage a live performance within the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The live performance was supposed to boost cash to assist kids who misplaced their houses due to world conflicts.
DiMaggio, an expert drummer who additionally had served as a musical director for the United Nations, provided to get world-famous musicians and celebrities to carry out on the live performance, and he claimed to want cash to e book these artists. Relying on these guarantees, the muse’s monetary sponsor wired almost $1 million to DiMaggio.
Rather than use the cash for the charity live performance, DiMaggio as an alternative used it to fund his private way of life and pay his money owed. Within weeks of the final wire switch of $750,000, he used $251,370 of the funds to buy a Calabasas dwelling for his ex-wife. DiMaggio additionally purchased his mama a $35,000 automobile and purchased his son a $24,000 automobile. He additionally wired $150,000 of the funds to a checking account within the identify of his firm, DiMagic Entertainment Inc. None of the transfers was despatched to artists or their administration in reference to the charity live performance in Bulgaria.
“The concert never happened and this much-needed money was never raised for this charitable cause,” prosecutors wrote of their sentencing memorandum. “[DiMaggio] lined his own pockets at the expense of [the foundation’s financial sponsor] and the children that would have benefited from the concert’s proceeds.”
The sponsor later sued DiMaggio in Los Angeles Superior Court, what place DiMaggio continued to lie in court docket proceedings that another person had stolen the cash. DiMaggio additionally solid financial institution paperwork and deleted correspondence whereas this civil litigation was spending, and he in the end filed for Chapter 7 chapter safety. In his September 2017 chapter submitting, DiMaggio made false statements that he had not made alimony funds or given any presents price greater than $600 to any individual within the prior two years.
The FBI investigated this matter.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Poonam G. Kumar of the Major Frauds Section.
Release No. 20-195