The Miami Herald reported Tuesday about a South Florida man, Justin Jackson, who has a long history of posing as an important person and taking advantage of others.
The gambit is almost clever—Jackson would pose as Adele’s manager to representatives of NBA stars, asking for shoes in exchange for Adele concert tickets. He would then try to get Adele concert tickets by trying to offer these shoes to Adele’s people as a charity item. But the items he offered never went to anyone involved, and he would presumably wear nice basketball shoes to some free concerts.
The racket worked for a while, as Jackson got shoes from Paul George, Victor Oladipo and Richard Hamilton — somewhat ironically George and Oladipo were recently traded for each other. Other stars like Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were contacted but never responded. Here are more details from the Herald:
Jackson and his wife, Angel Lii, were charged Tuesday with over a dozen new felonies, including counts of identity theft and organized scheme to defraud. They were booked into jail on Tuesday afternoon, and their lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.
The pair was originally arrested in May for allegedly posing as Adele’s manager, Jonathan Dickins. Miami-Dade police said the two tried to get comped tickets to see rapper Kendrick Lamar at Miami’s Rolling Loud hip-hop festival on May 6.
That incident wasn’t even the first time he’s tried this trick, though. In fact, he’d already gone to prison for trying to pass himself off as Madonna’s agent.