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Drummer Suspected of Embezzling $750K From Charity Concert

The U.S. Attorney's office said Robin DiMaggio could face wire fraud charges



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    In this Sept. 19, 2016, file photo, drummer Robin DiMaggio attends the United Nations Arts and Fashion reception in New York City.

    The former musical director for the United Nations and Arsenio Hall's TV show has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $750,000 from an overseas charity concert for homeless children, prosecutors said Monday.

    The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles said Robin DiMaggio could face wire fraud charges. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.

    Prosecutors said DiMaggio was wired $750,000 after agreeing to help the Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation to organize a concert in Bulgaria.

    Officials said instead of putting the money in escrow to pay artists, the 47-year-old used it to pay personal expenses and buy his ex-wife a house.

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    If convicted, DiMaggio could face 20 years in prison.

    In his career as a drummer, DiMaggio has played on albums by Paul Simon and Diana Ross.