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Two accused of selling tickets to nonexistent Lady Gaga, Lambert show

11 people filed reports with police saying they never received the tickets they paid for

May 06, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Two Martinsburg men are accused of obtaining money from people who told police they were led to believe they were paying for tickets to see pop music stars Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert in concert, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Sherman Luke Loy, of 442 Winchester Ave., and Dean R. DeSana, of P.O. Box 1354, both 45, each were charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretenses, according to arrest warrants issued Thursday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg.

Loy and DeSana were not immediately arraigned on the charges, according to court records.

The concert was to be staged April 24 at Sam Michaels Park near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., but it never happened, according to a complaint filed in magistrate court by Martinsburg Police Department Detective J.D. Luciano.

Additionally, 11 people filed reports with the police department saying they never received the tickets they paid for, according to court records.

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"...No contract was ever officially finalized (for the stars' performance) and representatives from Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert sent letters to the defendants advising them to cease all activity using their client's names or they would pursue legal charges of their own," Luciano's complaint said.

DeSana presented officers with what he identified as contracts for the event, according to court records.

"The alleged contract is not a contract, it appears to be an agreement presented to Mr. DeSana from another alleged out-of-state promoter," the complaint said. The letters to DeSana state, "be advised that upon receipt of the $10,000 JL Entertainment will make the best effort to secure Adam Lambert," according to court records.

DeSana was supposedly working for JL Entertainment out of Los Angeles and New York, according to court records.

Each of the people who filed complaints about the concert paid for tickets March 16 or 17, according to court records.

The total amount of money paid was $6,445.46, according to court records. The majority of tickets were paid for in cash, but two people who paid with checks were reimbursed, according to court records.

The tickets were purchased at Loy's business, Hair by Luke, at 422 Winchester Ave., and the people who bought them were given a receipt and told the tickets would arrive in the mail, according to court records.

No tickets were ever issued to the people who filed complaints, according to court records.

The total amount of ticket sales listed in a receipt book for the supposed concert was $17,841.74, but police said investigators only received complaints from 11 people that totaled $6,445.46, according to court records.

Police also were unable find bank account records that supported Loy's claim that he opened a bank account, which listed the total amount of ticket sale revenue that was detailed in the receipt book, according to court records.

A $1,000 deposit for Sam Michaels Park was paid for with ticket sales money, according to court records.

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