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Maryland man to plead not guilty in fake Pharrell show case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A lawyer for a man charged with scamming a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he could help them book a Pharrell concert says his client will plead not guilty.

Sigismond Segbefia, of Silver Spring, Maryland, faces fraud and identity theft charges. Prosecutors say he also used a Pennsylvania postal worker’s identity to bilk more than $445,000 from women he met online.

Segbefia is a 28-year-old native of Ghana who is in the U.S. legally. He was arrested last month by federal customs officials at Kennedy Airport.

The FBI says Segbefia used a shell company he incorporated in Maryland called Eastern Stars LLC to make his various claims seem legitimate.

Segbefia will be arraigned Thursday in Pittsburgh. His lawyer says he will ask for a jury trial.

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