Waleed Ahmed grins for the camera, a sly smile on his face as he poses in front of a black Porsche parked on the street.
At first glance, he looks like any other young guy hamming it up for an image to share with his buddies on Facebook.
Yet looks can be deceiving.
The Norwegian gained fame and fortune in his 20s -- enough to own that shiny, black Porsche in the photo -- after supposedly inventing an iPhone cover that uses solar energy to charge the phone.
Norway's media dubbed him the "Mark Zuckerberg of Norway," and the government even posted a video on its website of Ahmed and his then-business partner meeting with Norway's minister of trade and industry to show off the solar iPhone case.
Ahmed's fame led to numerous encounters with international royalty and well-known diginitaries, including the crown prince and princess of Norway, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and CNN founder Ted Turner.
Ahmed apparently wasn't just an innovative genius: He said he had been selected to be the chairman of Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in Norway.
So, when Ahmed approached California investor Todd Weinberg last summer about his latest business proposition -- managing Justin Bieber's 2013 Scandinavian tour -- it didn't seem like a stretch that the young genius could secure the rights to the pop star's multimillion-dollar tour.
But the business deal between Ahmed and Weinberg would go terribly wrong. In the end, it would uncover a story that reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie.
The Bieber ruse
Last summer, Weinberg got a call from a friend in Los Angeles with connections in the entertainment industry about an amazing business opportunity.
"He said that he had come across an opportunity ... to help find money for an investor who could fill the gap for this tour that Justin Bieber is currently on," said Weinberg, a successful real estate investor and venture capitalist. "And I said, 'Well I don't understand, how does that work?' "
That so-called investor was Ahmed, 22, who claimed he had already paid $4.5 million to Scooter Braun Management -- Bieber's management company -- for rights to the Scandinavian tour after the initial investor failed to come up with the money.
But Ahmed said he needed another $1 million to secure the tour venues.
"Waleed wanted me to take the place of an investor who he had been working with that had fallen out of the deal," said Weinberg, 44.
Ahmed explained in an e-mail to Weinberg that he had gotten involved in the Bieber project because he "had the contacts to get a deal done with (Justin Bieber) because I am also working for President Obama as his election chair in Norway so easy to get things done."
For his $1 million, Weinberg said Ahmed assured him and his contract promised, that the return on his investment could be as high as $10 million.
Weinberg quickly went to work, trying to confirm the details.
"When we started looking and digging into the numbers, and (into) the spreadsheets and looking at actual ticket sales, per ticket sales, how many venues and how many tickets are being sold, it started to make sense," he said.
Even though it seemed like a sound investment, Weinberg admitted he was skeptical.
"When I was presented with my offer, my initial inclination was 'No thank you, not interested,' " Weinberg said. "It doesn't make sense to me, I have never done anything like this before. This is not my background. This is not my wheelhouse."
The contracts and other documents Ahmed provided to Weinberg all looked real. To make it appear legitimate, Ahmed even set up a conference call with a key member of Scooter Braun Management.
But Weinberg wanted to meet with Ahmed in person before moving forward with the deal.
Just four days after hearing about the Bieber opportunity, Weinberg headed to Burbank, California, where the young entrepreneur introduced Weinberg to the team he had assembled to promote Bieber's 2013 Scandinavian tour.
Even Miss Finland 2011, Pia Pikarinen, had been recruited to help promote the concerts.