‘Bad Girls Club’ star accused of stealing dead man’s identity

Bad Girls Club star Shannade Clermont was arrested for allegedly stealing a dead man’s identity.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York confirmed Clermont’s arrest in a statement on Wednesday, July 11. The former reality star, 24, was charged with wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

According to the release, Clermont allegedly stole and used an unnamed man’s debit cards after meeting him for a “prostitution date” in January 2017. The man was subsequently found dead in his apartment the following morning, the victim of a drug overdose.

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BAD GIRLS CLUB -- Season: 14 -- Pictured: Shannade Clermont -- (Photo by: Tim Brown/Oxygen Media/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22: Shannon Clermont, Joseline Hernandez and Shannade Clermont attend Joseline Hernandez Birthday Bash Day Party at Gold Room on April 22, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Shannon and Shannade Clermont attend Vivienne Hu fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Vivienne Hu)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Shannon Clermont and Shannade Clermont attend as Instagram celebrates #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackCreatives on February 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Instagram)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Shannon Clermont, Dapper Dan, and and Shannade Clermont attend as Instagram celebrates #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackCreatives on February 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Instagram)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Shannon Clermont, Shannade Clermont, and Lil' Kim attend The Blonds front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Shannon Clermont and Shannade Clermont attend the Pyer Moss fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JUNE 28: (L-R) Shannade Clermont and Phillip Miles attend the Philadelphia Style Magazine event for May/June 2013 issue featuring Vincent Piazza cover story at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on June 28, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Philadelphia Style Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Clermont Twins Shannon and Shannade Clermont in attendance at Farrah Abrahams Christmas Event And 'Bedchambers' Book Launch at the Empire Hotel Rooftop on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
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Clermont allegedly made more than $20,000 in fraudulent purchases on two of the man’s stolen debit cards, which she found in his wallet while in his apartment. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she used the money to pay her rent and phone bills, buy flights and purchase thousands of dollars worth of clothing and miscellaneous merchandise online.

The Bad Girls Club alum also allegedly made a fake email account using the man’s name and in April 2017, used the email to create a Western Union account in his name. Then, Clermont wired $1,000 to herself.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

The Associated Press reported that Clermont was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday and later released on $100,000 bail.

Clermont appeared alongside her twin sister, Shannon Clermont, on the Oxygen reality series during season 14, which aired in 2015. In the years since, the two modeled for Kanye West’s Yeezy and were featured in music videos.

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