Irvin Mayfield. Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images

Irvin Mayfield, Ronald Markham Charged With More Felony Fraud

WWL-TV is today (June 21) reporting that embattled Grammy winner Irvin Mayfield and his business partner Ronald Markham will face four additional counts of wire fraud and money laundering on top of the 19 charges the two already pleaded not guilty to in January.

According to today’s report, the four new felony charges pertain to an additional $140,000 the two allegedly took from a coffer of library donations in an effort to finance the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra as well as personal expenditures. As David Hammer reports, “The government alleges Mayfield and Markham made additional wire transfers in 2013 that were not included in the December indictment, including $12,793 in Library Foundation money Mayfield used for a stay at the Ritz Carlton New York in July 2013, in addition to the four New York hotel stays already detailed in the original indictment…The new transfers added by federal prosecutors also include money to cover Mayfield and Markham’s salaries at the Jazz Orchestra, orchestra operating expenses and a $20,000 booking fee for a performance in Chicago.”

Those following this case closely may recall WWL-TV conducted a two-year investigation, the results of which brought to light the alleged financial wrongdoings of Mayfield, who founded the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.