Model From Kanye West’s Yeezy Season Campaign Accused Of Stealing Dead Man’s Money
A 24-year-old model hired for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 6 campaign, is being accused of stealing a man’s debit card and spending thousands of dollars on bills, clothes, and more “fraudulent purchases,” after he died. Shannade Clermont, one-half of the modeling duo known as the Clermont Twins, was arrested in New York Wednesday (July 11), federal prosecutors announced in a news release.
Hours after her arrest, Clermont — who appeared on a season of the Bad Gils Club with her sister Shannon — was released on $100,000 bond. She is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, stemming from an investigation into the death of a man found dead in his Manhattan apartment from an overdose of cocaine and fentanyl.
“As alleged, Shannade Clermont, a former cast member of the Bad Girls Club, lived up to her reality series reputation,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. “She allegedly stole debit card information from a man found dead – the victim of a drug overdose – in his Manhattan apartment and used his identity to make tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases. Thanks to the skilled investigative work of the NYPD, Clermont’s new reality is federal prosecution for her alleged nefarious conduct.”
Authorities claim that on January 31, 2017, Clermont visited the man, identified only as “victim,” at his apartment for a “prostitution date,” the day before his corpse was discovered.
“During the course of that investigation, law enforcement learned that Clermont visited the Victim for a prostitution date at the Victim Apartment the previous evening, and used the Victim’s debit card information to make or attempt to make more than $20,000 in fraudulent purchases during the months following the Victim’s death,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Court documents posted by The Blast show excerpts of alleged text messages where Clermont and the man appear to be setting up a date. A doorman apparently confirmed seeing Clermont in the building, but told investigators that she said her name “Audrey.” In the text exchange, the man asks Clermont what kind of alcohol she wants, and promises that she’ll have “fun” with him. “I’m a cool dude,” reads one alleged text message.
Clermont “stole the information” from two debit cards found in the man’s wallet, to pay her rent, phone bills, to purchase flights, and to make “several online purchases of thousands of dollars of clothing and other merchandise.” She is also accused of creating a fake email address in April 2017, to fraudulently transfer $1,000 of his money to herself, via Western Union.
Clermont faces more than 20 years in prison, if convicted.
See photos of the Clermont Twins below.