Tattle: A virus cost him $20M

Posted: December 07, 2011

Musician Roger Davidson wouldn't usually make it into Tattle - he's neither a drug-addled rock star nor prone to wardrobe malfunctions. He's the founder and president of the Society for Universal Sacred Music.

But lose $20 million to a con and you're bound to catch Tattle's eye.

The scammers, near Davidson's home in Katonah, N.Y., used a virus he found on his own computer to convince him of threats against him from Central America, Opus Dei and the CIA, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Westchester D.A. Janet DiFiore said Vickram Bedi was indicted last week in a scam targeting Davidson, who made his money the old-fashioned way - inheritance. His ancestors founded oil-services company Schlumberger Ltd.

DiFiore said Bedi was arraigned yesterday on a charge of grand larceny. His computer-services business in Mount Kisco was also indicted. Bedi pleaded not guilty and was held on $5 million bail.

Bedi and co-defendant Helga Invarsdottir, who has already pleaded guilty to grand larceny, were arrested last year as they prepared to leave for Iceland (which we're guessing was more due to Helga than Vickram). Officials said at the time that the pair had stolen at least $6 million of Davidson's money. The D.A.'s office said yesterday that it was more than $20 million and that nvestigators were working to find it.

The indictment last week says that in 2004, Davidson went to Bedi's store because of a virus on his computer. Bedi allegedly told him that the virus was powerful, that it had specifically targeted his computer, that it threatened his life's work and that he and his family were in grave danger.

The D.A. said Bedi persuaded Davidson to pay millions for computer-data retrieval and security and for personal physical protection.

So beware the Chump Virus. It gets into your computer and turns you into a sap.

Cheers for bad sex

In London, American author David Guterson yesterday beat out Stephen King and James Frey and joined John Updike, Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and other literary stars as the recipient of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

Guterson ("Snow Falling on Cedars") won the 2011 "prize" for sex scenes in his new novel, "Ed King," which offers a modern take on the Oedipus myth.

"Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I'm not in the least bit surprised," Guterson said in a statement.

The scene cited by the judges deals with the part of the myth in which the son makes love with his mother. It describes a night of abandon that concludes with a soapy shower interlude and finishes this way: "Then they rinsed, dried, dressed, and went to an expensive restaurant for lunch."

We say, at least they rinsed.

The Literary Review has given out the annual award since 1993.

TATTBITS

The Hollywood Reporter says Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo are in talks to join Will Smith and Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan's "1000 A.E."

Columbia Pictures is eyeing an

early-2012 production start with a release in June 2013.

* Lucinda Moyers, the woman

accused of burglarizing Alex Trebek's hotel room in San Francisco this summer, won't face a "three strikes" charge that could have sent her to prison for 25 years to life.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that D.A. George Gascon doesn't think the nature of Moyers' prior offenses calls for a three-strikes prosecution, even though she's been convicted of four burglaries since 1990.

Moyers, however, should hold off stealing a bottle of celebratory champagne. She will still be charged with first-degree burglary and could get 30 years.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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