(above : someone you most certainly should help out if he needs a lift or a loan).
From Newsday’s Michael Chayes.
Long Beach City police say Michael Anderson pretended to be NBA star Kenny Anderson, conning at least three random men earlier this year into giving him hundreds of dollars after he told them a sob story.
Cops called foul on the scheme – in which Anderson would plead with victims that he had locked himself out of his car, ask for a ride to the locksmith and for a cash loan, then bounce from the scene – when he was arrested yesterday on three misdemeanors: scheme to defraud, identity theft and petty larceny, police said.
Anderson had begun to attempt to get a ride from a fourth victim yesterday around 8:45 a.m., police said. That man became suspicious and called the police. Anderson was arrested a short time later, police said.
Of course, had the faux Kenny merely claimed to have lost track of which set of keys started which of his 8 luxury cars, he might still be preying on the gullible.