Man Arrested Impersonating Chad Johnson

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 20, 2017

According to the Aspen Times, Mervin Cabe, 25, a chubby-faced black man from Miami with wild hair, purchased more than $18,000 worth of merchandise in a downtown Aspen, Colo., store.

Employees still initially let Cabe purchase the goods before checking the ID.

Despite not having the correct number for Johnon's "profile ID" online with the store and having a credit card twice declined, an employee allowed him to make a purchase totaling $18,548 using an Apple Pay account.

The Aspen Times reports that Mervin Cabe, a 25-year-old man from Miami, told employees that he was the 39-year-old former National Football League receiver, who famously changed his last name to "Ochocinco" late in his career, including his time with the New England Patriots. He also declined to show them the Apple Pay account and credit card number he used to purchase the items. When officers tracked down Cabe he "kept making excuses and repeating the same nonsensical story", the affidavit said.

That's when he allegedly came clean, telling officers, "You're going to have to take me home ... to jail ... I've done something bad".

Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson is a lot of things: a decent wide receiver whose career ended well before his ability did.

Cabe's plan was nearly foolproof, except he was unable to give a valid phone number or any kind of identification that was proof he was Chad Johnson.

"More internet research showed that Chad Javon Johnson ... is an ex-NFL player and known to shop for and wear Louis Vuitton merchandise", according to the affidavit. Cabe was charged with a pair of felonies for identity theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, The Aspen Times reported.

'I see the resemblance, ' he wrote, adding a smiling emoji.

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