Former "Bad Girls Club" star Shannade Clermont was arrested and charged with fraud and identity theft after allegedly stealing a dead man's debit card information and milking it for thousands of dollars.
Clermont was arrested Wednesday at LaGuardia after she arrived on a flight, according to The Associated Press. Her apprehension was the result of an investigation into the death of an unidentified man who overdosed in his Manhattan apartment, according to Buzzfeed.
While looking into his text messages, police discovered that Clermont had been hired as a prostitute by the man on January 31, the day before the man was found dead. She was paid $400 for the encounter, according to The Washington Post.
A doorman at the apartment confirmed that a woman who identified herself as "Audrey" had been at the apartment on that date, according to Buzzfeed. Surveillance video confirmed that "Audrey" was, in fact, Clermont, investigators say.
Clermont is accused of taking debit cards from the man's wallet and amassing charges on them for months after he passed away. She allegedly used the cards to pay for plane tickets, rent, clothes, and phone bills. Clermont also allegedly created a fake email account in the deceased man's name in order to establish a Western Union account and wire herself $1,000, according to The Washington Post.
Investigators also discovered that Clermont had established an "Exotic Doll" email account on July 9, 2013, which police say was used to solicit sexual encounters in exchange for money, according to The Associated Press.
Clermont potentially faces up to 20 years in jail if she is found guilty on the charges of wire fraud, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
“As alleged, Shannade Clermont, a former cast member of the ‘Bad Girls Club,’ lived up to her reality series reputation,” U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman said, according to The Washington Post. “Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the NYPD, Clermont’s new reality is federal prosecution for her alleged nefarious conduct.”
Clermont was released on $100,000 bail following her arrest, according to The Associated Press. Her lawyer, Donald Duboulay, has not offered a comment.
The Clermont sisters rose to fame as cult fashion icons and social media celebrities known for their sassy one-liners and truculent attitudes following their stint on "Bad Girls Club" season 14. They have since appeared in several music videos and apparel campaigns, amassing over 800,000 followers on Instagram.
[Photo: Shannade Clermont, Oxygen]
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