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.
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