Korean firm lost $375K for fake Pharrell show scam by man who also scammed women online

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The FBI in Pittsburgh says a man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by pretending to work for a Japanese talent agency on behalf of musician Pharrell Williams.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sigismond Segbefia (SIHG'-ihs-mawnd sehg-BEHF'-ee-ah) faces multiple charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft.

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Federal authorities say he also stole the identity of a Pennsylvania postal worker and used that to bilk money from women he met on dating websites.

Segbefia was arrested Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York. He is scheduled to appear before a federal judge May 14 in Pittsburgh.

Authorities say Segbefia got in touch with a steelmaker who wanted to book Pharrell for a concert in Seoul and who wired $375,000 to Segbefia's company, believing he worked with a Japanese booking agency.