Woman accused of selling tickets to fake Sheryl Crow concert

LUMBERTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- Police in Burlington County have arrested a woman who they say sold tickets to a fake concert featuring a Grammy-winning artist.

Kelly Brian of Burlington, New Jersey was arrested Saturday after police discovered the concert's headliner, Sheryl Crow, was never scheduled to perform.

The concert was scheduled for August 15th at the Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey.

The event was supposed to feature a photo opportunity, autograph signings, and a chance to meet the superstar singer.



Medford and Lumberton Police first learned of the event earlier this month, which was being advertised by KBR Promotions.

They say after hearing about the concert, they began planning public safety measures. It didn't take long for detectives to realize the concert was sham.

Investigators say Bryan sold roughly 300 tickets at $60 a piece. She even had flyers for sponsorships and vendors - but no headliner.

The fictitious event had resident Cindy Potts excited. "I'm kind of disappointed. We were looking for a nice little event that was reasonable. I mean, we should have known," she said.

"The Flying W Airport although does have bands and does have a bar out there, never anything to this extent," said Medford Police Chief Richard Meder.

Chief Meder added: "The Lumberton Police Department reached out to Sheryl Crow's reps and determined that she was not coming."

The controversy was addressed Saturday morning on Sheryl Crow's Facebook page with the following post:

"Dear Fans;
It has been brought to our attention that someone named KBR Promotion and Booking Agency,LLC is claiming to have booked Sheryl for a show to be held at the Flying W in Medford NJ on August 15th. This claim is absolutely FALSE."




Police say it doesn't appear the Flying W Airport was involved and the airport tells Action News in a statement it was only solicited to host the event by Bryan.

Potts says she was refunded her money today and other victims tell Action News they also received refunds. But why Bryan thought she could orchestrate the alleged scam is unclear.

"I guess someone must have tipped her off or she got scared. I was going to be out $300 bucks - $260 some dollars," said Potts.

Bryan has been charged with theft by deception and deceptive business practice.

She has since admitted to promoting and selling tickets to the fake event.

Bryan is currently being held at the Burlington County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Police say the total dollar amount of the fraud is upwards of $30,000.

The investigation is ongoing and others could possibly be charged.
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