Vancouver musician charged with fraud

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photoMusician Kasey Anderson, left, walks with his attorney, Corey Endo, on Tuesday after Anderson made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Anderson was arrested on charges he raised more than $525,000 for fictitious music projects — including one that purportedly involved Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White.

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SEATTLE — A Vancouver musician has been arrested on charges he raised more than $525,000 for fictitious music projects — including one that purportedly involved Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White.

Kasey Anderson surrendered to federal officials in Seattle on Tuesday to face wire fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors say Anderson raised money for an album called "Trapped Like a Ghost" to benefit the "West Memphis Three," three men who were convicted of murder in 1994. They say he told investors that many famous musicians had agreed to contribute tracks, and that he fabricated emails supposedly from Springsteen's manager.

Prosecutors say he has repaid $160,000 of the money. Some of the investors sued Anderson in Portland.

Anderson appeared Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Seattle. He did not enter a plea.