Between 2009 and 2011, Kasey Anderson managed to obtain around $600,000 from 30 different investors so he could allegedly create a benefit compilation in support of the West Memphis Three. He entitled the album Trapped Like a Ghost and claimed it would feature tracks from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and even REM.

Unfortunately, investors in the project had been seriously mislead. Anderson never intended to make the album and instead pocketed the money for himself. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Anderson has now been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for enacting the con. The singer-songwriter had pleaded guilty to his crimes last August.

In addition to defrauding investors for this non-existent compilation, Anderson had also received just over $90,000 for album released by another artist in 2006. He also reportedly stole from two of his friends, including charging more than $3,000 on one of their credit cards for a trip to California.

As it stands, Anderson owes $365,580 to investors. He wrote a letter to the court apologising for his actions:

"I lied to myself and others, and believing those lies, I told myself consistently that whatever was going on with me […] I could fix it on my own. I convinced myself that it was normal. I am a deeply flawed and mentally ill person who made some terrible choices, causing so much emotional and financial damage to others. But I believe I have much to offer my community [...] I am so sorry for what I've done and want so badly to make it right."

Via Pitchfork.