A Florida man has been arrested for defrauding a woman by posing as country star Jason Aldean online.
According to WFLA, Daniel Farris was arrested and charged with defrauding a mentally handicapped victim earlier this week. Largo Police report that Farris demanded the victim pay him $2,000, and received $230 through two individual payments.
Farris posed as Jason Aldean through a fake Facebook account, where he communicated with victims as both Aldean and Aldean’s friend, who would collect the payments. During his conversations with the victim, Farris posed as Aldean and told her that he was in love with her, but needed her to give him money for his struggling friend.
Farris admitted to police that he took money from the victim and used it support his prescription pill addiction.
Aldean hasn’t publicly commented on the case. This is one of the latest cases of criminals using the internet to impersonate country artists in order to defraud fans out of money. In 2014, a woman was arrested for stealing a man’s life savings by posing as Alison Krauss on a dating website. Luke Bryan also publicly voiced his frustrations over fake Facebook profiles being created to scam his fans into thinking they were talking with the star.