A man tried to impersonate former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson while spending $18,548 at a Louis Vuitton store in Aspen, Colo., according to court documents obtained by The Aspen Times.
Mervin Cabe, a 25-year-old from Miami, was charged with two felonies: Identity theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device. According to the court affidavit, Cabe told Louis Vuitton employees that he was Chad Johnson in order to make a purchase. But he was unable to provide Johnson’s store-required “profile ID.” He paid for the items with an Apple Pay account on his cell phone, which worked, after two credit cards were declined for the purchase.
Cabe twice told Aspen police officers that he was Chad Johnson, although he provided the incorrect birth date and declined to show police the Apple Pay account he used. Cabe was described by officers as “highly evasive” and kept “making excuses and repeating the same nonsensical story.”
The 39-year-old Johnson spent 12 seasons in the NFL and last played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2015.