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Maryland man accused of defrauding charities could be forced to pay restitution

Maryland man accused of defrauding charities could be forced to pay restitution

HELENA, MONT. — A Maryland saxophone player who was convicted of defrauding a Montana charity could be required to pay restitution to victims of similar schemes throughout the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Donald "Ski" Johnson, who authorities said used at least two aliases, misrepresented himself as a Grammy-nominated artist and sought invitations to charity golf tournaments in exchange for travel and lodging expenses about a dozen times between 2011 and 2014, federal prosecutors say.

Johnson also lied in saying he worked for the music company Sony, that he represented other celebrities and was raising money for a children's cancer...

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