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Yeezy Model arrested for stealing dead man's identity

PICTURED: The Clermont Twins

A 24-year-old model hired for Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 6 campaign, has allegedly stolen a man’s debit card and spent thousands of dollars of his money in a string of “fraudulent purchases” after he died.

Federal prosecutors announced that Shannade Clermont, one-half of the modelling duo known as the Clermont Twins, was arrested in New York on July 11.

The Bad Gils Club star has been 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.

The deceased man only known as “victim”, died from an overdose of cocaine and fentanyl. The U.S Attorney Geoffrey Berman said: “She [Shannade Clermont] 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 for a “prostitution date,” the day before his corpse was discovered. She is also accused of using his debit card details to make or attempt to make "more than $20,000 in fraudulent purchases during the months following the victim’s death.”

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Court documents show excerpts of alleged text messages where Clermont and the man appear to be setting up a date. 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 message.

Clermont is said to have stolen the information from two debit cards found in his wallet to fund her luxurious lifestyle. She paid for holidays, clothing, her phone bill, rent 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.

For now, the Instagram star is out on bail after paying a $100,000 bond but could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

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