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Norwegian jailed in US over Justin Bieber scam

Published on Mar 11, 2014 8:53 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A Norwegian man who admitted tricking an investor out of US$1 million (S$1.27 million) in a fake deal to promote Justin Bieber in Scandinavia was sentenced to 11 years in jail, United States prosecutors said on Monday.

Wahleed Ahmed was also ordered to repay the US$1 million, said the US Attorney's office in Los Angeles and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ahmed presented himself as a successful entrepreneur from Norway who had invented solar-powered phone covers, and he promised the victim would make US$9 million in profit in three months.

The 22-year-old used photos of famous dignitaries including the Crown Prince of Norway, Queen Rania of Jordan and others, and claimed to have multimillion dollar contracts with large telecoms firms, to lend credibility to his scheme.

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