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Man claims to be Johnny Depp's stylist, charged with identity theft

Call the fashion police! Um... actually, make it the real police

By Andrea Tim | Published: 18 Jul 2014

Depp's fake stylist
Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

A man who claimed to be Johnny Depp's stylist has been released on bail after being charged with identity theft and grand larceny.

A Jil Sander store fulfilled purchase orders of over $5,000 worth of apparel from a man who claimed to be the Pirates of the Carribean actor's stylist. The man paid for the goods with a stolen American Express credit card; the charge was spotted by the cardholder a few weeks later.

According to the New York Times, the police said that same had happened at a Carven and Marni boutique earlier this year.

Just a month ago, a Marc Jacobs store manager Brian Britt received a phone call from the suspect, who this time, used the name Kelly, claiming to be the stylist of The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers. Brian, oblivious at first to the fraud, agreed to what seemed like legitimate requests before asking Kelly to fill up a form, scan it, and email it back to the store.

Fortunately, Brian noticed that the name on the form was spelled incorrectly, with an 'I' instead of a 'Y'. After tracking down the name on the credit card and finding that it belonged to a woman who confirmed that she did not authorise the purchase, Brian waited for the man to show up at the store to collect his order.

The suspect, identified as David Tripp, did indeed turn up to pick up his goods, not knowing that Brian was one step ahead. Brian then sneaked a call to the police as he pretended to get a garment bag before officers arrived to arrest David.

Using celebrity names to commit fraud; it's creative, but we're not getting any ideas, oh no. The only handcuffs our law-abiding selves would like to be associated with are these ones.


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