Jul 19, 2017

Con artist posing as Adele's manager scams NBA players for shoes

South Florida con man Justin Jackson was arrested two months ago on accusations that he had been impersonating singer-songwriter Adele's manager, Jonathan Dickens, to secure free tickets to a Kendrick Lamar concert at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival, according to The Miami Herald's Dan Ovalle.

Over a dozen new felonies have now been laid against him, though, stemming from other scams he had been running, which included trying to get sneakers from several high-profile NBA stars.
Jackson offered players Adele tickets in exchange for shoes, with the likes of Paul George and Victor Oladipo actually coming through, according to his arrest warrant, which was filed Tuesday for Jackson and his wife, Angel Lii.

The players were told that the shoes they were sending would be auctioned off for charity.

Prosecutors have charged Jackson and Lii with identity theft, organized scheme to defraud, and numerous other felonies. They were booked into jail on Tuesday.

Jackson had previously spent two years in prison back in 2007 for persuading a boutique in New York to loan him $2.4 million in jewelry after posing as a rep for Madonna. He later sold the jewelry to a pawn shop in South Florida.