The frontman of the Los Angeles butt-synth act Lights Over Paris is known for his lavish and expensive-looking music videos, and for maintaining a decadent lifestyle. Most successful musicians get to that point after years of hard work and building up a fanbase. Not our man here, however, as Robb ‘TaLLLLL’ University, whose actual name is Robert Mawhinney, was sentenced to seven years in prison this week for fraudulent loan applications amounting to $11 million. I’m just surprised they didn’t nab him for that name earlier. Or for that haircut. Or songs like “Turn Off the Lights.” Now those are some real crimes.
Billboard explained the charges against Mahinney a few months back.
Over a nearly two-year period, beginning in August 2009, Mawhinney sought and obtained four loans from Comerica Inc. totaling about $6.2 million, according to court documents. He provided statements that claimed he had nearly $8 million in assets, but it turned out his account had only about $10,000, authorities said.
Loan officers even visited a recording studio in Burbank to determine if Mawhinney was creditworthy. There, the singer said he was a successful ghostwriter for various artists and sought the loans to finish a recording room in the studio, among other expenses, court documents show.