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TravelGuides – Ex-U.N. music chief Robin DiMaggio stole $750K meant for homeless kids charity concert in Bulgaria: Feds

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TravelGuides – Ex-U.N. music chief Robin DiMaggio stole $750K meant for homeless kids charity concert in Bulgaria: Feds

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Robin DiMaggio at 22nd Annual Beat the Odds Awards, at Beverly Hills Hotel on Dec. 6, 2012 

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LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors say the former musical director for the United Nations and Arsenio Hall’s TV show has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $750,000 from an overseas charity concert for homeless children.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday that Robin DiMaggio could face wire fraud charges. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney.

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Prosecutors said DiMaggio was wired $750,000 after agreeing to help the Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation organize a concert in Bulgaria.

Officials say instead of putting the money in escrow to pay artists, the 47-year-old used it to pay personal expenses including cars and credit card debt and to buy his ex-wife a house.

Prosecutors said DiMaggio used $251,370 of the funds to buy the home in Calabasas, California, northwest of Los Angeles, reports CBS Los Angeles. He allegedly also wired $150,000 of the funds to a bank account in the name of his company, DiMagic Entertainment, Inc.

If convicted, DiMaggio could face 20 years in prison.

In his career as a drummer, DiMaggio has played on albums by Paul Simon and Diana Ross.

TravelGuides – Ex-U.N. music chief Robin DiMaggio stole $750K meant for homeless kids charity concert in Bulgaria: Feds

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