Want Tom Petty To Play Your Wedding?
Brian Valentine, a senior VP for Amazon, thought it would be fun to surprise his bride-to-be at their wedding reception with a performance from one of their favorite rockers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
After doing a little research, Valentine found a booking firm, Lund Live, which claimed to work with Petty, as well as other popular artists. Valentine paid owner Chris Lund a 50% deposit that totaled $165,000.
However, after repeatedly running into dead ends with the contacts provided by Lund, Valentine finally got in touch with Petty's management company in April to discuss the upcoming gig. He was told they had never heard of Lund, or the proposed wedding date.
Valentine, who had received a contract supposedly signed by Petty's manager prior to paying the deposit, went to the FBI to report he'd been scammed. Chris Lund was arrested late last week on felony fraud charges, and will appear in court Monday.
Don't worry, there is a happy ending to this story! Valentine still had time to book the real Petty for the couple's special day. After being secured through valid channels, the rocker arrived in Seattle to play the reception.