Rob Mawhinney, the lead singer of the band Lights Over Paris, or L.O.P. as it's known, desperately wanted to become an international rockstar. But there was one problem: The world didn't have an appetite for L.O.P.'s music, and the band never made a dent on the charts.
Mawhinney, however, refused to take "no" for an answer and came up with a plan he hoped would propel him and his band to music stardom—or at least afford them the opportunity to live the lives of a rock stars.
Mawhinney walked into Los Angeles branches of four banks—Comerica, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Zions—and asked for millions of dollars in loans. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranee Katzenstein worked the case for the Central District of California.