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Conman posed as Adele’s manager to bilk NBA stars of sneakers, police say

A Florida man faces charges after posing as the manager of Adele in an attempt to obtain sneakers and concert tickets from NBA players and other celebrities

A south Florida conman faces criminal charges after impersonating the manager of Adele in an attempt to obtain sneakers and concert tickets from NBA players and other celebrities.

Justin Jackson and his wife, Angel Lii, were charged on Tuesday with over a dozen new felonies, including counts of grand theft, identity theft and organized scheme to defraud, the Miami Herald reported.

Jackson was first arrested by the Miami-Dade police department two months ago for posing as Adeles manager, Jonathan Dickins, in trying to obtain complimentary tickets for Kendrick Lamars performance at Miamis Rolling Loud hip-hop festival.

But an arrest warrant reveals that Jackson posed as Dickins over email to offer Adele concert tickets in exchange for sneakers from NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Bismack Biyombo and others. He succeeded in getting sneakers from Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Richard Hamilton.

It also alleged Jackson created a fake email for the manager of five-time Ballon dOr winner Lionel Messi in an effort to add a layer of verisimilitude to his request to the NBA players.

Jackson was also said to have asked representatives for music stars Chris Brown, Tory Lanez and Katy Perry if the singers would make birthday videos for a dear friend. Those requests went unfulfilled.

The arrest report said Miami-Dade cyber crimes detective Steven Kaufman posed as a production manager in a sting operation, telling Jackson he could pick up the passes on Saturday at Bayfront Park. Jackson, who at first told the detective he was an assistant for Dickins who was working with his important clients all day, later turned up with Lii and a third woman to pick up the passes, where they were immediately detained by police.

The Herald reported this is not the first time Jackson, 30, has been accused of impersonating celebrities managers.

He served two years in a Florida prison after posing as a representative for Madonna, convincing a New York boutique to loan him $2.4m in Chopard jewelry in 2007 for a photo shoot that never happened, later selling it at a Florida pawn shop. Three years ago, he was sued in federal court on allegations he posed as Oprah Winfreys nephew and Barack Obamas former personal aide, Reggie Love, to acquire gift cards from companies such as the Cheesecake Factory and Juicy Couture.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/18/conman-adele-manager-nba-stars

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