( 4UMF NEWS ) “Money & Violence” Star Arrested For Credit Card Scam:
Life is imitating art for Nanawoods Napolean.
The actor in a web series about crime on the hard-scrabble streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn, was arrested for using fake credit cards to go on a nearly $15,000 shopping spree at a Queens clothing store, officials said Thursday.
Napolean, 27, the star of the Lionsgate series “Money & Violence,” was hit with multiple grand larceny, identity theft and forgery charges after cops found him with 29 fake credit cards under different names, police sources said.
After tracking down the people who appeared on Napolean’s plastic, investigators found none had lost their cards. The numbers had been stolen and placed on fake Capital One credit cards, according to court documents.
Napolean is accused of using the cards on 43 different occasions in May and June at Jimmy Jazz, an urban clothing store on Rockaway Blvd. in Woodhaven, Queens, officials said.
Workers at the store couldn’t comment on Napolean’s arrest, but said the web series star racked up about $15,000 in purchases before his scam was discovered.
Napolean plays Kane in “Money & Violence.” The show, created by Moise Verneau and in its second season, is described as a “crime epic about gangsters, stickup kids, hustlers, players and everyone in between set in a Brooklyn that is largely ignored by mainstream media.”
The web series’ first season racked up more than 20 million views and was in the Tribeca Film Festival’s online program, Tribeca Now, according to IndieWire.
Napolean’s character is “a young man who was protected by the menacing reputation of his brother all his life, but after his brother’s death, he is forced to fend for himself,” the show’s website reads.
Napolean was ordered held on $5,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday.
He’s been arrested four times since 2009, when he was busted for criminal possession of stolen property after cops found him with a stolen T-Mobile Sidekick.
On June 2, Napoleon was hit with possession of a forged instrument and driving with suspended registration charges, according to court documents.
Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful Thursday, but a woman at his Queens home who identified herself as the actor’s wife said he was innocent of any wrongdoing.
“That never happened,” she said before going back inside.
Another relative called Napolean “an entrepreneur.”
“He’s part of our family,” the cousin said. “He’s not a bad guy…he’s a good guy, actually.”
Lionsgate did not return an email request for comment.