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Man to be sentenced for University of Hawaii concert scam

HONOLULU (AP) — A North Carolina man who prosecutors say scammed the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 by lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a fundraiser concert will be sentenced Wednesday.

The sentencing comes nearly a year-and-a-half after Marc Hubbard pleaded guilty to wire fraud. His sentencing has been postponed several times. The day before his sentencing was scheduled last month, he filed a motion asking to take back his guilty plea.

He says he’s innocent and was coerced into pleading guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal he cooperated against East Coast mobsters. Prosecutors deny that, and a judge rejected his request.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend his sentence run concurrently with the six-years he’s serving for a similar Pennsylvania case.

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