On Monday, November 19, 2012, Polk County Sheriff’s Undercover detectives arrested a husband and wife, 46-year-old Phillip Michael Bradley (DOB 3/3/1966) and his wife, 36-year-old Evelyn Bradley (DOB 7/22/1976), who have been renting a home in Lakeland, and charged them with scheming to defraud and grand theft, among other charges.
According to their affidavits, near the end of September 2012, Phillip Bradley sent an agreement from his "business," named Big Apple Music Group, Inc., to rent the venue Simmers-Young Park, located at 5630 CR 542 West in Lakeland, for a concert featuring global entertainers Nicki Minaj and Drake. The agreement included rental of a portable stage, generators, and stage skirting. Bradley advertised the concert on his website (www.mrdonpconcerts.us) and on Facebook, and advertised tickets for sale at $75.00 each. The concert promotional ad is still on that website.
A PCSO undercover detective, posing as a Parks and Rec employee, met with Phillip and Evelyn Bradley to do a walk-through of the venue and discuss the upcoming concert, which, the Bradleys told the detective, would be on October 24th (they said the original concert date was October 28th but they had to change the date to accommodate one of the performers). During their walk-through of Simmers-Young Park, Phillip Bradley told the detective that he (Bradley) was personally in contact with the management companies of both performers. He chose a place at the park for a ticket sales booth, and inquired about hiring off-duty PCSO deputies for security. He told the detective he intended to sell at least 10,000 tickets.
Meanwhile, the PCSO undercover detective contacted both performers’ management companies. Nicki Minaj’s representative told the detective that Nicki would be touring out of the country during that time frame (October 24th). Drake’s representatives told the PCSO detective that Drake’s birthday was on October 24th, and he would be celebrating it in Las Vegas. Neither of the management companies for these two performers had heard of Phillip Bradley, or Big Apple Music, or entered into any contracts with either.
During the investigation, a PCSO undercover detective called the phone number listed for ticket sales and was told that the concert was sold out, but that tickets would be sold at the park the day of the concert for $100.
On October 24, 2012, detectives conducted undercover surveillance at Simmers-Young Park to see if anyone showed up for the concert or to buy tickets. Nobody did. There do not appear to be any ticket purchasers for this concert.
PCSO detectives located three victims who invested money with Bradley for the concert. One victim gave Bradley $16,000; two other victims (the original victim’s mother and a family friend) gave Bradley $10,000 each. The $36,000 was deposited into Evelyn Bradley’s bank accounts. The day before the concert was scheduled to take place, Phillip Bradley contacted the victims and told them that the concert had been cancelled and that he was filing a claim with Loyd’s of London insurance to get them their investments back. None of the victims have received money from Bradley as promised.
On Monday, November 19, 2012, detectives placed Phillip and Evelyn Bradley under arrest.
Phillip Bradley has been charged with 1 count Scheming to Defraud (F-3), 1 count Grand Theft More Than $100,000 (F-1), and 1 count Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication (F-3).
Evelyn Bradley has been charged with 1 count Scheming to Defraud (F-2), and 1 count Grand Theft More Than $20,000 (F-2).
In 2009, Phillip Bradley was convicted of Organized Scheme to Defraud in Palm Beach County. He has several other fraud arrests in his criminal history. Evelyn Bradley has a history of fraud in Wisconsin, and appeared in Polk County Court today for writing a bad check to the landlord of the home they are renting in Lakeland.
Both Bradleys were booked into the Polk County Jail on the aforementioned charges.