DiMaggio, 49, promised to help Bulgaria-based nonprofit Peace for You Peace for Me Foundation put on a concert which would raise funds for children made homeless by wars, the statement said.
The concert’s financial sponsor wired money to DiMaggio to secure big-name talent for the concert. Instead, prosecutors said, he used the money to pay off debt, buy a home in Calabasas for his ex-wife and purchase cars for his mother and son. He also wired $150,000 to a bank account in his company’s name: DiMagic Entertainment Inc.
“The concert never happened and this much-needed money was never raised for this charitable cause,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum. “(DiMaggio) lined his own pockets at the expense of (the foundation’s financial sponsor) and the children that would have benefited from the concert’s proceeds.”
DiMaggio forged bank documents and deleted correspondence while litigation was pending in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the Justice Department said. He ultimately filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
The FBI investigated this matter and the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ponam Kumar. DiMaggio was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee.