NY prosecutor says musician scammed for $20M

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 6:07 PM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says a wealthy New York musician has lost $20 million to scammers who persuaded him — after finding a virus on his computer — of threats against him from Central America, Opus Dei and the CIA.

Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says a Chappaqua (CHAP'-uh-kwah) man was indicted last week in a scam targeting Roger Davidson, a pianist and composer who lives north of New York City. Davidson is founder and president of the Society for Universal Sacred Music. His great-grandfather and great-uncle founded the oil services company Schlumberger (SHLUM'-bur-zhay) Ltd.

The prosecutor said 37-year-old Vickram Bedi was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of grand larceny. Bedi pleaded not guilty and was held on $5 million bail.

Calls to Davidson and his manager were not immediately returned.

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