A Florida man pretended to be the drummer for Nickelback in an attempt to defraud a company out of $25,000 worth of high-end microphones.
45-year-old Lee Koenig is alleged to have posed as Nickelback’s Daniel Adair when making an online order with Lewitt Audio, a company in Austria.
That order was then red-flagged by a business rep for Nickelback as being a little off. When that representative contacted the real Adair, the drummer said that “he did not make the order and began to look into who had.”
The sleuthing drummer then found Facebook pages and a web site for for the poser, who has actually been the drummer in a few bands, including Billy Idol and Aerosmith tribute acts. On one of the suspect’s Facebook pages, he described himself as a “hall of fame drummer” as well as a “Sony multi platinum session touring drummer.”
After looking at photos online, Adair “realized that the suspect’s drum set was the same configuration as his” and determined that the publicist the man named in his email order was his [Koenig’s] girlfriend.
Cops then obtained and executed a search warrant at Koenig’s home. During that time, he admitted to sending the email. When asked if he’d defrauded any other companies, Koenig lawyered up.
He was arrested on two counts of felony fraud and booked into jail. He was later released after posting a $18,750 bond.
It turns out that he’s a convicted felon and had served over two years in state prison for a 2009 fraud conviction. He’d collected almost $100,000 he’d raised with fake charity concerts.
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