Crime and Courts

Charlotte man pleads guilty to Defrauding University of Hawaii in “Wonder Blunder”

Free Press Staff Report

A Charlotte man plead guilty on October 3, in federal court to one count of wire fraud. Marc Hubbard, 48, of Charlotte, North Carolina defrauded the University of Hawaii and one of its supporters of $250,000 in relation to a concert involving the recording artist Stevie Wonder that never took place.

The Stevie Wonder concert that never took place in Hawaii was known as “Wonder Blunder” after Hubbard made false claims that he represented Wonder and Alicia Keys.

Hubbard claimed to have connections with Stevie Wonder and offered to arrange a fundraising concert by Wonder that would benefit the University of Hawaii’s athletics programs, according to federal officials.

Hubbard will also be ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his wire fraud scheme and has admitted that he owes $200,000 to the University of Hawaii and $50,000 to its supporter, according to the release made public by the Department of Justice.

According to court documents, the fraudulent scheme ran from in or about March 2012 through on or about October 3, 2012.

According to the Hawaii Reporter, South Carolina officials charged Hubbard after he falsely claimed to promote Alicia Key and collecting $700,000 based on false promises and promotions in 2012 in an unrelated case.

Hubbard will be sentenced on February 16, 2017, by United States District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi, and will face a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.