Amazon Exec Scammed By Fake Tom Petty Booking For Wedding
It’s the thought that counts.
An Amazon executive wanted to make his July nuptials extra special by booking a fake ‘Tom Petty’ to perform for his wife-to-be.
According to Yahoo!, senior VP Brian Valentine planned to surprise the love of his life at their Seattle wedding reception with a performance from one of their favorite artists, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The two were engaged at a Petty concert in 2010.
Valentine reportedly found a booking firm, Lund Live, he believed to be working with Petty and other popular acts such as Run DMC and Ludacris. After some struggle bargaining, the exec paid owner Chris Lund $165,000, half of the deposit, to secure the date.
Turns out the deal was a hoax. After hitting multiple dead-ends contacting Lund, Valentine reached out in April to Petty’s management company, who said they had never heard of Lund or the wedding date. He submitted his contract with Lund to the FBI, reporting that he had been swindled. Lund was subsequently taken into custody last week on felony fraud charges and will appear in court Monday.
As for the wedding, the real rock star came through and performed “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “You Got Lucky” at the event for the happily wedded couple.