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Grammy-winning producer sentenced for identity theft

Worked with Pharrell, Rihanna

City News Service | 11/28/2019, midnight

A Grammy-winning music producer was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison for using clients’ credit card information to pay for personal expenses including airline tickets, hotel stays and his own wedding.

Anthony Wade Evans, 45, of Porter Ranch, was also ordered to pay $34,810 in restitution to American Express, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Evans pleaded guilty in December 2018 to a single count of aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors said Evans—known professionally as Devine Evans—used a client’s American Express credit card between June 2017 and March 2018 to rack up 146 unauthorized charges totaling nearly $38,000, including airline fares and other travel arrangements.

Between April 2017 and August 2017, he used the American Express card of a different client to pay for about $63,000 in services for his wedding, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The names of the victims were not released.

According to his social media accounts, Evans is a five-time Grammy winner who has worked with artists including Pharrell, Rihanna and Usher.