Musician allegedly raised funds for phony projects

SEATTLE — A Portland-area musician has been arrested on charges he raised more than $525,000 for fictitious music projects — including one that purportedly involved Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White.

Kasey Anderson of Vancouver, Wash., surrendered to federal officials in Seattle on Tuesday to face wire fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors say Anderson raised money for an album called “Trapped Like a Ghost,” to benefit the “West Memphis Three,” three men who were convicted of murder in 1994. They said he told investors that many famous musicians had agreed to contribute tracks, and that he fabricated emails supposedly from Springsteen’s manager.

Prosecutors said he has repaid $160,000 of the money. Some of the investors sued Anderson in court in Portland.

Anderson made an initial appearance at U.S. District Court in Seattle Tuesday. He did not enter a plea.

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