Montclair State University concert scam

September 23, 2010 6:04:11 PM PDT
The students at Montclair State University were apparently scammed out of a concert and the school out of thousands of dollars.

Plenty of students believed an October 8th homecoming performance by rap artist Nicki Minaj was the real deal.

"I was so excited, she's one of my favorites," said Valentina DiDonato, a fan.

"People were so excited," said Nneka Obi, a senior.

"Everybody was talking about it," said Pablo Salcedo, a junior.

Fans filled the square outside the student center Wednesday to buy the $40 tickets, and that's when the story started to unravel.

"Someone tweeted the star and she didn't know about this at all," said one student.

Nicki Minaj tweeted to her fans while they were still in line for tickets: "What's this I'm hearing about a MSU concert? Where and when is this concert supposed to be? I feel so bad for people who were scammed."

Minaj was not booked to perform.

The Student Government Association had Fed Ex'd $37,000 up front to a contact, Romarick Hough of Premier Talent Agency, who none of them had ever met face to face.

Eyewitness News went to the address he'd given students, 1650 Broadway, where Suite 609 has been vacant and under renovation for 8 months.

Building security says Premier was never a tenant.

No one has heard from him since.

"We tried to call but the phones were disconnected," said Paula Maliandi of Montclair State University.

Minaj is reportedly trying to help students book another talent.

She lashed out at the imposter for scamming students, who are learning now how cruel some people can be.

"It's sick, I mean this guy is twisted," said a student.

The University says they are changing their procedures as far as how they go about booking talent, in the meantime, police say the incident is under investigation.