Portland Con Pleads Guilty

A Portland, Ore.-area musician has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for bilking his friends out of nearly $600,000 for a bogus benefit concert.

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Kasey Anderson said mental illness and a drug problem motivated his actions, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was caught taking money from 30 investors for a benefit album for the “West Memphis Three.”

Federal prosecutors said that instead of changing his ways, Anderson took money from two friends.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Friedman said Anderson lied about his aging father to beg for money, which calls into question his willingness to change, according to the Post-Intelligencer.

“Time and again, Anderson faced a choice of what to do,” Friedman told the court. “And, time and again, Anderson chose to lie to friends and other victims who had trusted him with their money.”

Anderson has fronted a group called Kasey Anderson & The Honkies.