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Weho Rocker Arrested on Fraud Charges

Federal prosecutors allege the lead singer of Lights Over Paris conned several banks out of millions.

Federal prosecutors charged a West Hollywood rocker Friday with fraudulently misrepresenting his income and assets so he could acquire $6.25 million in bank loans, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the newspaper:

Robert Brandon Mawhinney, who turned 30 Friday, could spend his next 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Prosecutors said he’s the lead singer of Lights Over Paris and went by the stage name Robb “TaLLLLL” University.

Prosecutors allege that between August 2009 and April 2011, Mawhinney conned Comerica Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Zions Bank and Bank of America out of millions. The biggest victim, Comerica Bank, lost more than $6 million, prosecutors claim.

Mawhinney allegedly told loan officers he was a ghost writer for musicians and needed the money for music equipment. According to the FBI, he presented the bank with documents showing he had more than $8 million in assets and ran a company with $13 million to $15 million in revenue. In reality, he had less than $10,000 to his name, authorities said.

Mawhinney was arrested at Miami International Airport earlier this month and was extradited to Los Angeles. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 8.

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JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter January 28, 2013 at 03:00 PM
This story is really kind of funny. BANKS committed FRAUD on thousands upon thousands of Americans with bad faith mortgages and NOT ONE BANKER went to prison! Now this twit comes along and bilks banks and faces up to 30 years. JUSTICE???? I think not.
Rudolf Martin January 28, 2013 at 07:47 PM
exactly! i couldn't agree more.
dennis james January 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM
This coming on the heels of a breaking news story from Washington, that 3 bailed out companies...AIG,Chase, And ALLY BANK...gave their executives pay increases while they were getting government handouts of our money! But the Feds go after this 2 bit crook and want to send a message? WHAT FREAKIN' MESSAGE?
JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter January 29, 2013 at 08:15 AM
#BoycotCHASE Branch at Pavilions Shopping Center West Hollywood. Same for #BoycottCitBank #BoycottBankOfAmerica..... BUT NO! People will continue going to these places and get kicked in the teeth AGAIN!
Ali January 30, 2013 at 01:33 AM
What? You think he should get away scot free? And what will boycotting one branch of Chase Bank in Boystown do? The man committed bank fraud and should go to prison. Just because the banks mess with us every day and get away with it doesn't mean that everybody can defraud them and get away with it.
Where's the money honey? February 02, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Mauwhinney did get away with fraud for a few years. Is there anyone out there who knows the FACTS why Lanny Bruer, the U.S. assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Criminal Division can't state the specific reasons why he will not prosecute even one banking executive for fraud and bring any such investigations to the courts? Check k it out.. http://dailybail.com/home/bloomberg-asks-lanny-breuer-why-are-no-hsbc-execs-going-to-p.html
Brian Hamilton February 03, 2013 at 07:48 PM
@Ali: JESS never wrote that he "should get away scot free". He did, however, aptly point out the hypocrisy.

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