An American accused of selling tickets to a nonexistent concert by Icelandic singer Bjork has appeared before a court on charges relating to the alleged deception.

ALEX CONATE, 25, pleaded innocent to a grand theft charge and faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

During a preliminary hearing police Detective JAMES BORG testified that Conate had told the manager of a San Diego nightclub that Bjork had agreed to perform on 15 January 2003.

He allegedly sold bogus tickets at $40 (GBP27) each, collecting $14,000 (GBP10,000) before fleeing to Hawaii, where he was arrested.

Prosecutors said Conate claimed he was a friend of the singer and that she had agreed to perform as a favour to him.

A representative of Bjork said there were never plans to perform in San Diego.