Vickram Bedi, who two years ago was arrested in connection with a $20-million scheme to defraud noted Katonah pianist and composer Roger Davidson, has pled guilty to one count of first-degree grand larceny, a class B felony.
His accomplice and former employee, Helga Invarsdottir, pled guilty to two counts of grand larceny in December 2010.
Through his company Datalink Computer Products Inc., Mr. Bedi and Ms. Invarsdottir conned Mr. Davidson over a period of six years in a computer virus scheme that grew to include supposed Catholic Church conspiracies tracing back to a remote village in Honduras, according to the Westchester County district attorney’s office.
Fabricating threats against Mr. Davidson and his family’s well-being, in addition to his musical compositions, which constitute his life’s work, the two manipulated him into a state of fear whereby he was convinced to pay for monthly data retrieval and security services, as well as personal physical protection. Mr. Davidson is the great-grandson and great-nephew of the two brothers who founded Schlumberger Limited, currently the world’s largest oilfield-services provider. The Harrison Police Department became involved when it was contacted about a civil matter relating to the investigation. Mr. Bedi and Ms. Invarsdottir were arrested by Harrison police at their home as they were preparing to leave the country.
Mr. Bedi faces a maximum of eight and one-third to 25 years in state prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan 22. Ms. Invarsdottir is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 29.