Former “Bad Girls Club” star Shannade Clermont could spend decades behind bars after pleading guilty to using a dead man’s credit cards to make thousands in fraudulent charges after initially meeting the man for a “prostitution date.”
The 24-year-old former reality star and Yeezy Season model pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a news release issued Thursday.
Clermont’s alleged victim was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 1, 2017 of an apparent drug overdose, according to the release. Investigators found out later that Clermont had been at the residence the night before to engage in transactional sex with the man, who remains unidentified.
Authorities believe that Clermont then stole the man’s identity, including his debit card info, and proceeded to go on a serious spending spree, using the funds to pay her rent and phone bills and purchase clothing and other items online. In total, she reportedly made or attempted to make “more than $20,000 in fraudulent purchases,” according to the release.
Clermont is also alleged to have created a fake email account assuming the victim’s identity in order to conduct a fraudulent money transfer on at least one occasion.
Her sentencing is scheduled for February 13, where she could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
“This case demonstrates that in reality, those who commit debit card fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in the release. He also applauded the New York Police Department’s investigative work in the case.
The social media star was first arrested in July for fraud and identity theft.
Investigators alleged that Clermont created an email account in 2013 that she used for prostitution, and claimed that text messages between Clermont and the victim reveal an agreement that their encounter would cost him $400, according to the Associated Press.
Clermont is known for being one of the Clermont Twins; Shannade and her identical twin Shannon were featured on Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” during the series’ 14th season in 2015. They have attracted more than 930k Instagram followers to date.
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