Bogus Promoter Strikes Again

A “concert promoter” accused of arranging fake Lil’ Jon shows in North Dakota and New Mexico last year has been charged in a similar scheme involving a bogus concert by Houston-based rapper Lil’ Flip.

Scott William Elkins of Lubbock, Texas, allegedly took the money and ran from a faux Lil’ Flip gig April 2nd at Terre Haute, Ind.’s Wabash County Fairgrounds. The show was titled “Lil’ Flip Fest Spring 2005.”

More than 1,000 fans showed for the concert, which authorities believe netted Elkins and an unknown accomplice about $21,000, according to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jim Walker. Elkins has been charged with three counts of felony theft, Walker added.

Prior to show time, a “promoter” picked up ticket proceeds. When Lil’ Flip (real name Wesley Eric Weston) never arrived, the gig was canceled.

A Missouri Highway Patrol officer arrested Elkins April 3rd after stopping him for a traffic violation and finding a warrant for his arrest from New Mexico. The warrant was for a fraud charge stemming from a fake Lil’ Jon show last July in Farmington, N.M.

Elkins, who left the Missouri jail April 5th on $10,000 bail, will likely appear in a New Mexico court this week for his first appearance in that case. The alleged scammer also has a court date scheduled for April 18th in North Dakota for charges of felony theft by deception in another case involving a bogus Lil’ Jon concert – this one in Fargo last August.

The April 18th hearing was scheduled for Elkins to plead guilty, with a sentence likely to follow. However, his court schedule could be affected by the new charges and the New Mexico case, which North Dakota prosecutors didn’t know about until recently.

Elkins’ father paid $12,000 to refund ticket buyers and settle civil claims for the Fargo show, according to North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Elkins also agreed to not promote any events in the state for 10 years.