Promoter Accused Of Fraud

A Shreveport, La., concert promoter was arrested April 5th on fraud and forgery charges stemming from an investigation going back more than a year.

Garland Jones Sr., owner of Garland’s Super Sounds, was released on $50,000 bail later that day, according to the Times of Shreveport. He is charged with three counts of bank fraud and one count of forgery for allegedly opening fraudulent bank accounts to cover his business and personal expenses.

A Caddo Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman said investigators obtained and executed a search warrant at Jones’ home, where they seized computers, documents, checks and disks.

Investigators said Jones admitted to setting up the phony bank accounts. He is also accused of forging his signature on a blank check to create a template for bogus checks totaling more than $6,300.

Jones is also reportedly feuding with Friends of Municipal Auditorium, the nonprofit that manages the venue. The promoter claims the nonprofit tried to gouge him on ticket prices through add-on fees for a March 25th Ronald Isley concert at the venue, the paper said.