Promoter Pays Up

Promoter Hiro Jamal Hariram, accused of bilking money from the city of Brownsville, Texas, for a failed Boyz II Men concert last year, has repaid the city $9,562.

That’s the amount that city officials pitched in on the event that was to take place July 4 at Brownsville State Park but the trio was already booked to perform elsewhere. The city filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Hariram in December to recover its funds, according to the Brownsville Herald.

But the promoter isn’t completely off the hook yet.

Hariram is also accused of taking $46,000 from Richard Hope of Hope Properties to put on a proposed Sept. 5 concert featuring Garth Brooks and Shania Twain when neither artist has toured in many years.

The ruse was exposed when a local radio program director promoting the concert called the singers’ reps to confirm and was told that neither Brooks nor Twain were booked to appear.

Two charges of felony theft filed against Hariram in state district court are still pending, the Herald said.