Ex-Theater Agent Pleads Guilty To Promoting Fake Play Starring Lupita Nyong’o

Victims were tricked into donating $200,000.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A former theater agent had pled guilty to promoting a fake play starring actress Lupita Nyong’o. Roland Scahill pled to grand larceny and fraud in Manhattan's State Supreme Court on Wednesday. The NY Times shares that he was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation.

The deal also requires Scahill, who used to work for talent houses William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and Gersh Agency, to repay $189,000 to investors and to receive psychiatric treatment.

The former agent admitted that he “concocted a scheme” to trick investors into backing a play that never existed. He claimed that his show featured Hollywood A-lister Nyong’o in a one-woman play about opera singer Kathleen Battle. As part of the scam, Scahill claimed the Booth Theater would stage the production and Netflix would stream a performance.

More than 10 sets of investors believed him; giving around $200,000 between October 2014 and August 2015. Scahill used the money on personal expenses and his own investments.

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