As if it weren't bad enough that Slick Rick has spent the last ten months in INS detention in Florida, the legendary rapper has also become the victim of identity theft. Police in Raleigh, North Carolina last week arrested a local man and charged him with seven counts of fraud, all of them having to do with the suspect's impersonation of "Slick Rick" Walters. Twenty-eight-year-old Steven Glenn is accused of three counts of forgery, two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, and two counts of identity theft. The attempted fraud is the latest bizarre twist in Rick's tragically twisted career.See Also:
Specifically, Mr. Glenn is alleged to have had Rick's mail rerouted to him. He then forged Rick's name, deposited Rick's royalty checks into Rick's own account, and tried to withdraw funds from that account. He also allegedly dressed up as Slick Rick circa 1990 and attempted to rent an apartment under Rick's name. Likewise, Mr. Glenn registered a car, received hospital care, sent out express mail packages, and answered his own phone under Rick's name. According to Mandy Aragones, Rick's wife, Mr. Glenn even got the artist's home telephone number and informed the woman who answered that -- contrary to published reports -- Rick was not in jail, he was in North Carolina…and by the way, could she help him find some music for his latest album.
Mandy first got word of Mr. Glenn's attempted fraud in November of last year, by which time the real Slick Rick had been in INS detention for over five months. She worked with the police in North Carolina and with the postal police of the United States Postal Service to bring Mr. Glenn's activities to a halt.
Born in England and raised in the Bronx, Slick Rick served five years in prison in the early and mid-90s for attempted murder in the second degree. Although the law requires the deportation of foreign nationals who commit a crime in America, the law was waived for Rick because of the singularity of his case and his manifest rehabilitation. Arrested without warning in Miami on June 1 of last year, Rick currently awaits a decision from New York's Judge Kimba Wood on whether he will be deported to England, as the Immigration and Naturalization Service wishes, or whether he will be allowed to rejoin his family and friends and resume his career in America. Rick's wife reports that his spirits are high and that he looks good.
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