DA Vance: Talent Agent Sentenced to 3 ¼ -to-6 ½ Years in State Prison for Stealing More Than $2 Million From Clients


April 4, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of YUGESHWAR RAJKUMAR, 45, a booking agent who also went by the names “Mateo Rajkumar” and “Matthew Rajkumar,” as well as several entities that defendant owned and operated in Manhattan, including AMERICAN TALENT AGENCY, INC., AMERICAN TALENT AGENCY, LLC., KAYVANA ENTERTAINMENT LLC., and MATEO PRODUCTIONS, INC., to 3 ¼ -to-6 ½ years in state prison for stealing more than $2 million from clients by falsely promising to book famous recording artists for events. On March 4, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Second and Third Degrees, as well as Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.

“The defendant took advantage of his reputation in the music industry to convince his victims to pay him tens of thousands of dollars to secure supposed performances by world-famous recording artists,” said District Attorney Vance. “In reality, the defendant never booked the promised artists, resulting in losses to the tune of more than $2 million. My Office is dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of financial crimes committed in our jurisdiction, regardless of whether those victims are located at home in the U.S. or abroad.”  

As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, beginning in August 2008, RAJKUMAR falsely promised clients and event promoters that he would book popular recording artists for overseas concerts, including Akon, Chris Brown, T-Pain, and MC Hammer. In exchange for the supposed booking, the defendant charged his clients between $45,000 and $300,000, and directed them to wire payments to bank accounts held by entities based in New York and controlled by RAJKUMAR. However, instead of using the money to book the promised artists, the defendant made cash withdrawals and spent the money on rent, car payments, legal fees, and personal debts.

In many cases, victims were forced to pay additional fees to secure performances by desired artists who were never booked by RAJKUMAR.

Assistant District Attorney Sarah Sacks handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Julieta Lozano, Deputy Chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Conroy, Chief of the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Trial Preparation Assistants Kate Witteman and David Finger, former Trial Preparation Assistant Samuel Hobbs, former Financial Investigator Frank Nonnemacher, and former Rackets Investigator Steven Kay provided additional assistance with the case. 

District Attorney Vance also thanked the United States Marshals Service for the Southern District of New York for their assistance with the investigation. 

Defendant Information:

YUGESHWAR RAJKUMAR, A/K/A MATEO RAJKUMAR, A/K/A MATTHEW RAJKUMAR, D.O.B. 11/16/1970 
Teaneck, NJ

Convicted:
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 3 counts
•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony 2 counts
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

Sentenced:
•    3 ¼ -to-6 ½ years in state prison
•    $1,744,900 restitution

AMERICAN TALENT AGENCY, INC.
New York, NY

Convicted:
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 3 counts
•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

AMERICAN TALENT AGENCY, LLC.
New York, NY

Convicted:
•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

KAYVANA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC.
New York, NY

Convicted:

•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

MATEO PRODUCTIONS, INC.
New York, NY

Charges
•    Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
•    Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count