Former “Bad Girls Club” reality star Shannade Clermont, who was convicted of stealing debit card information from a man who had overdosed during a “prostitution date” has been released from prison and transferred to a halfway house to serve out the remainder of her sentence.
Emery Nelson, a spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Prisons, told Oxygen.com Clermont was transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in California and transferred to Long Beach Residential Reentry Management Office, which manages a number of halfway houses.
The former reality star is slated to be released fully from custody on June 2.
Clermont’s transfer out of prison was apparently captured first on an Instagram page run by Clermont and her twin sister Shannon Clermont.
The emotional reunion between Shannade and her loved ones was captured in a video posted to the twins’ Instagram site last week with the caption “OUR BABY NADE. THANK YOU GOD.”
Shannade, who is wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and white sweatpants, can be seen making her way to a waiting vehicle, before she begins to cry and embraces a woman with long dark hair. A man can be heard telling her “come on in, baby.”
Shannade and her twin sister Shannon Clermont rose to fame while appearing in 2015 on “Bad Girls Club” but got kicked off the show after threatening fellow cast mates, according to The New York Post. The twins — who hope to one day become fashion icons — have amassed a large social media following, appeared in a music video for the rapper Future and modeled for Kayne West’s brand Yeezy.
But the duo’s luck took a turn in 2018 after Shannade pleaded guilty to one felony count of wire fraud for making and attempting more than $20,000 in fraudulent charges using stolen debit card information she had taken from James Alesi during a “prostitution date,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
“When he died of an overdose, Clermont used the deceased man’s identity to make tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said at the time.
Alesi — who Shannade referred to as her “sugar daddy” in an interview with The New York Post last year — was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 1, 2017. He died from an accidental overdose of cocaine laced with fentanyl, the Associated Press reported in 2019.
Clermont had visited the 42-year-old real estate executive the night before for what prosecutors referred to as a “prostitution date." She stole two debit cards from his wallet before proceeding to go on a lavish spending spree with his money, prosecutors said.
She used the money to pay her rent, phone bills, and an expensive wardrobe, according to the AP.
When handing down the one-year prison sentence last year, U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald criticized the former reality star for falling to get Alesi help after he passed out.
“When faced with the real test of character, you chose to steal his debit card information,” she said.
However, Shannade told The Post that when she left the 42-year-old real estate broker at his apartment he had been awake and was “just drunk.”
“I have never been around people who have been on heavy drugs, so I didn’t really know,” she told the news outlet, adding that she was “annoyed” he was a “drunk mess” and left.
She admitted to stealing his debit card information but said she did not realize he had died until later.
“From the outside looking in, it looks like I knew he was dead and was like ‘haha’ . . . and that’s really sick,” she told The Post.
While it’s unclear what Shannade will do with her newfound freedom, the Clermont twins had previously hoped to create their own fashion empire and were planning to launch a sunglasses line before Shannade went to prison.
“We want people to think of us as fashion creatives,” Shannon told The Post. “We are entrepreneurs, we are models, we do runway [shows], we do music videos, we do campaigns. We work hard.”
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