"Meanwhile, he's dressed again, Prada and Gucci head to toe," Weinberg said. "He just flew in first class telling me that he's broke without realizing that he flew in style. I mean, this guy had again the audacity to just continue this lie with me, and I just wasn't buying it. But I was doing the best I could to bite my lip."
The next day, on September 23, 2012, the FBI arrested Ahmed at San Francisco International Airport before he boarded a flight to Amsterdam.
He admitted to the FBI that it was all a con job.
In addition, according to an FBI affidavit, Ahmed created fake websites and e-mail addresses to pull off the scam. The conference call with the supposed member of Scooter Braun Management was actually one of Ahmed's friends in Norway.
Other scams and close calls
Today, Ahmed no longer wears Prada and Louis Vuitton. He's behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and is awaiting sentencing, scheduled for June 11. He refused a CNN request for an interview. The U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI also would not comment because Ahmed has not yet been sentenced.
But in a three-page letter to U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez, Ahmed wrote, "I have disgusted many, I have been the source of shame and disrespect for my friends, family, community and followers. I accept my crime, while I regret every bit of time, all I have with broken words, is that I really regret every minute spent committing it."
He told the judge that he "could not distinguish between right and wrong in the fire of desire and need for more."
As for the famous people he claimed to know, a spokesman for Scooter Braun said he never heard of Ahmed.
Ted Turner's spokesman said, "While Mr. Turner might have attended a public event in Norway where Mr. Ahmed was in attendance, he does not know Mr. Ahmed personally, and did not meet him in Atlanta."
Andrew Young said he did meet Ahmed and was shocked to learn he had been arrested.
"He used my contacts for things that I didn't know about nor did he ever discuss with me," Young said. "I mean, the first I heard from this was when he was arrested, and his lawyer called me and told me what he's been charged with, and my first reaction was there must be some misunderstanding."
The other companies that Ahmed lined up for the Bieber deal also said they were fooled.
Pikarinen, the Finnish beauty queen, said she knew nothing about any details of the deal.
"My company was scammed as well," said Carmenita Cornish-Helligar, the CEO of Karmic Management, who hosted the contract signing after learning about Ahmed through an entertainment industry contact in London.
"I still have fallouts from it," she said.
After Ahmed's arrest, other details of what led to the Bieber scam started to emerge.
Months before Weinberg was approached, Ahmed was trying to line up other investors, including Atlanta businessman Robert Fowler.
"I almost got suckered into the same thing," said Fowler, who said he turned down the deal after he found out it wasn't legitimate.
As it turns out, the Bieber con wasn't the only trouble for Ahmed.
In 2011, he made a deal with an Atlanta medical supply company to distribute specialty medical gloves called "EKG gloves" to the Middle East. But the deal went sour, and the company was stuck with thousands of the gloves.
"He's a really good con artist," said the company's owner, Billy Williams.
His company, Affirmative Solutions, sued Ahmed and obtained a court judgment against him for money owed in the deal.
Not only that, court documents from Norway reviewed by CNN show that Ahmed received a suspended jail sentence and was fined in 2008 for forging paperwork when he was 17, to get into a school.
In 2011, he was investigated for insurance fraud for claiming his BMW had been stolen in Oslo.