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.