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Archived: Promoters Warned of Local Impersonator Swindling Down-payments In Exchange For Buju Banton Booking

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The Caribbean has been placed on alert by Reggae/Dancehall artiste, Buju Banton’s Defence Support committee, following their unearthing of an alleged scam by an unnamed but reportedly renowned DJ and former radio personality who had allegedly been acting as the incarcerated artiste’s agent in Trinidad and Tobago.

Buju Banton remains behind bars however he has filed another appeal in a US court.  PHOTO COURTESY: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com

Buju Banton remains behind bars however he has filed another appeal in a US court.
PHOTO COURTESY: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com

A media release issued by the artiste’s Defence Support Committee on the weekend, indicates that the situation is being dealt with legally. It stated that the impersonator has already approached several promoters with the false claim  that he is the agent for the incarcerated artiste. Additionally, the organisation claims the impersonator has further sought to collect funds for a concert he claims is being held in Buju’s honour sometime this year.

Already, several media houses across the Caribbean and locally have published the information, ensuring that promoters are informed about this very serious allegation. ETCETERABUZZ.COM has learnt that the impersonator in question is the very same person who allegedly took a downpayment from a prominent promoter in Trinidad and Tobago, in exchange for a Jah Cure booking. That situation, we’ve learnt, has in fact sorted itself out to some degree, with the alleged culprit having reimbursed the promoter partially with an assurance to pay the rest on dates that have been mutually agreed upon. You can check out that story we brought you last week, by CLICKING HERE. 

Buju Banton meanwhile continues to serve his prison sentence for his conviction on drug related charges. He was arrested at his Tamarac, Florida, home  in December 2009 and charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine. His arrest followed a sting operation at a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-controlled warehouse in Tampa, which also resulted in the arrest of James Mack and Ian Thomas, who were attempting to purchase cocaine from undercover agents.

Buju has maintained his innocence and claimed he was entrapped by government informant Alexander Thomas, who allegedly hounded him for months to get involved in drug smuggling. Earlier this year the artiste filed another appeal to reverse his conviction on the drug charges.

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