Washington musician gets 4 nearly years for fraud

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Vancouver, Washington, music producer who told investors he needed support to make a compilation album featuring the likes of Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraud.

Kasey Anderson pleaded guilty last summer in federal court in Tacoma. According to the U.S. attorney's office, Judge Ronald B. Leighton issued the sentence Thursday, telling the 34-year-old defendant he let down a lot of people.

Anderson was also ordered to repay nearly $595,000.

Between 2009 and 2011, Anderson told investors he needed money for his own album and tours, as well as a compilation album and concert series featuring celebrity musicians. The compilation album was a fiction, but Anderson created fake email accounts for prominent people in the music industry and sent emails from those accounts to further convince investors his project was legitimate.

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