Chikezie Busted For Identity Theft!

Remember Chickezie from Season 7? Via TMZ:

Remember Chikezie from “American Idol?” Well, apparently a sales person at Neiman Marcus remembered him because the singer was busted last night for felony identity theft … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

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Chikezie Eze was at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills when he allegedly tried to use “fraudulent means” — possibly a phony check or credit card — to purchase merchandise.

Chikezie was detained by store security until the Beverly Hills cops arrived. The singer was then taken to Bev Hills jail and booked on felony identity theft.

He is currently in jail, where he’s being held on $50, 000 bail.

Holy cow!

UPDATE: Chikezie tells TMZ it’s all a misunderstanding (after the jump). Harvey Levin tweeted that Chikezie is out of jail.

2nd Update: Cops say Chikezie was busted for using a stolen credit card. Read it HERE:

Chikezie Eze was arrested after trying to buy men’s cologne on a stolen credit card … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We broke the story … the former “American Idol” was busted at Neiman Marcus last night and booked on felony identity theft.

Chikezie Eze is now dealing with a felony arrest because he just wanted to smell good.

We spoke with the “American Idol” alum a few minutes ago about his arrest last night at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills for felony identity theft.

Chikezie says he went cologne shopping at Neiman’s last night, took two bottles to the counter and presented his Neiman’s credit card — a card he had never used before.

Chikezie says the clerk flagged the card, called security and he was taken downstairs for questioning. He says he was told … something was “untrue” on his credit card application, though he had no idea what it could be.

Chikezie says, “They said they were waiting for someone to use the card and when they did they would pull them down.”

Chikezie says he has no idea what information on the application might be false, adding, “I am who I am. It’s not like I can hide that.” He mentioned security said something about the name of his company — Advanced Business Strategic Solutions — on the application, but didn’t know if that’s why Neiman’s flagged the card.

Chikezie says, “I haven’t done anything wrong myself and I’m pretty confident nothing is going to happen.”

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48 Comments

  1. Oh, Chikezie. Just shop at Target or Costco instead of Nieman-Marcus. Then maybe you won’t need to steal other people’s money. This makes me madder and sadder every time I think about it.

  2. Until we find out otherwise, I’m gonna choose to believe there’s another side to this story–like he used a friend’s card with the friend’s permission, but the store and cops didn’t believe him. Okay, I’m reaching, but I’ll keep reaching until we hear the whole story.

  3. Until we find out otherwise, I’m gonna choose to believe there’s another side to this story–like he used a friend’s card with the friend’s permission, but the store and cops didn’t believe him. Okay, I’m reaching, but I’ll keep reaching until we hear the whole story.

    Good plan. Sometimes a little denial is a very useful thing. And there *could* be another side … Here’s hoping.

  4. I’m genuinely surprised by this. Very sad, if true- he didn’t seem like the type to do something like that. Just proves we never really know anybody.

  5. Aw, man. This messes with my entire concept of good and evil in the universe.

  6. I’m so going to hope for a misunderstanding type situation. Pretty please, Chikezie?

  7. Until we find out otherwise, I’m gonna choose to believe there’s another side to this story–like he used a friend’s card with the friend’s permission, but the store and cops didn’t believe him.

    I hope it’s something like that, but things probably wouldn’t have progressed to the point they have if it was a just a misunderstanding. Friends don’t let somebody sit in jail, but rush to clear up matters right away when they can.

  8. It is sad, if true. I think to most viewers, he came across as a good guy.

    I’ve been thinking about something so maybe this is a good thread to post it. I know how exciting it is for the kids to make the top 24, but lots of them immediately start talking about how now their life is changed forever. I wish them all good luck but I think they sometimes are not at all realistic. Not all are going to succeed and it’s hard fact to face. I think this is the problem with the former contestants who have gotten into trouble. Hoping with Chikezie it might just be a misunderstanding.

  9. I’ve been thinking about something so maybe this is a good thread to post it. I know how exciting it is for the kids to make the top 24, but lots of them immediately start talking about how now their life is changed forever. I wish them all good luck but I think they sometimes are not at all realistic. Not all are going to succeed and it’s hard fact to face. I think this is the problem with the former contestants who have gotten into trouble.

    Yeah, this strikes me every year, too.

    I guess it’s the rush of excitement that fuels those unrealistic statements — they’re so much closer to getting their dreams than they’ve been before. But I wish they’d be more cautious. There are plenty of cautionary tales out there by now, too.

    I like the way Ellen keeps saying to the eliminated ones, “This is just one more experience.” … Speaking from *her* experience, she’s clearly trying to make the point to them that no one event in your life is likely to guarantee you either success *or* failure, no matter how huge it may seem at the time, so just keep things in proportion and keep on working. I hope that they’re all hearing that message.

  10. I’m hoping this is all just One Big Misunderstanding…because what’s next? Gina Glocksen pimpin’ ho’s? John Stevens running an illegal online pharmacy? A ponzi scam from Jason Castro?

    I didn’t start out liking Chikezie, but by the time the summer tour hit my town that year, I was finding him very entertaining.

  11. And BTW, having been a victim of identity theft, if this is true and he stole someone’s identity – shame on him. It made my life miserable for MONTHS trying to get my credit straight and process paperwork and police reports, the people who stole my identity racked up $50K in debt. Luckily I wasn’t at a point where I was needing to rent a house, buy a car, etc., because it would have been tough to do that until this was cleared up.

  12. I know how exciting it is for the kids to make the top 24, but lots of them immediately start talking about how now their life is changed forever. I wish them all good luck but I think they sometimes are not at all realistic. Not all are going to succeed and it’s hard fact to face.

    That’s a good point. Just being on the show doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to suddenly have a new life – and for you to get it even if you *do* well, you’re going to have to work for it. I think some of the kids get starry-eyed visions of insta-fame and it just doesn’t work that way for almost all of them.

  13. Why would you want to ruin someone else’s credit to purchase some unneeded fancy clothes. Chikezie seemed like such a nice guy too, hopefully it is a misunderstanding. It just goes to show you can’t really tell what any of the contestants are like characterwise from watching the show.

  14. Yikes. Hopefully a misunderstanding. I wonder if this could be another situation where somebody out of AI gets bad advice or management by someone who’s supposed to represent him in business maters.

  15. I’m so going to hope for a misunderstanding type situation. Pretty please, Chikezie?

    i’m with you there tinawina…

  16. Innocent until proven guilty . . . especially when the source is TMZ! Either way, though, his poor mama! :-(

  17. This is a shocker. I actually met him on the Idol tour and he seemed like a really sweet guy.

  18. Innocent until proven guilty . . . especially when the source is TMZ!

    Well, the real source isn’t TMZ, though, but the store security and the police. So while I’m hoping that this turns out to be a misplaced charge, I don’t think we can blame TMZ for this one!

    If the security/police picked him up on something bogus — like shopping while black, perhaps? — it’s on their heads, not TMZ’s, who, this time!, were simply reporting on something that had actually happened.

  19. Chikezie tells TMZ it’s all a misunderstanding

    Hopefully that will turn out to be the truth. He always struck me as a nice guy.

  20. I hope it really is a misunderstanding and I don’t want to sound negative but I thought stores were extremely cautious about accusing a person of theft. If there was any doubt, I would expect them to just let the person leave.

    If this is a misunderstanding, I expect we will hear some serious apologies from the store and very soon.

  21. I have gotten so many texts about this today, because a lot of people know I am a huge Chikezie fan. I sure as heck hope that this is all a misunderstanding, because he is a good guy.

  22. I wonder if a mistake has been made because of the uniqueness of Chikezie’s name. So often, names that are different can lead to mistaken identities. Combine that with his company being unknown and it could lead to something like this. I hope it is a terrible misunderstanding.

  23. Chikezie seems like a good guy to me. I’m thinking this is a serious misunderstanding and that an apology is due. At least I really, really hope so.

  24. I’m not even a Chikezie fan, but I’m holding out until they have had time to straighten everything out before judging (no pun intended). It could be someone else has been using his credit card or stole Chikezie’s identity or Neiman had the last number on the card mixed up, or the credit card company mistakenly reported something, or a thousand other things. So I’ll wait until this mountain is downgraded to a molehill..

    Oh yeah, and “something untrue on a credit card application”, yeah, well, I am sure that has never happened before … yeah, uh, sure.

  25. If Chikezie intentionally used a stolen credit card, what a disappointing situation. I’m hoping it’s not true.

    I’ve been a fan of his. He was awesome on the Idol tour (saw him do two shows). Met him outside the buses before one of the shows and he seemed so genuine. I’ve never forgotten watching his heartwarming interaction with a young woman with Down Syndrome that day. He was very, very kind to that woman, it was extremely touching.

  26. *plugs fingers in ears* Lalalalalalalala

    I am choosing to believe this is all a HUGE misunderstanding unless presented with incontrovertible evidence. It seems kind of crazy and stupid for a guy who was seen on TV by millions of people every week for 2-3 months to try and shop in Beverly Hills under someone else’s name. I mean I know he didn’t get super famous or anything, but I bet lots of people routinely recognize him on the street, so why of all the crimes to commit would he try to use someone else’s identity while shopping?

  27. I hate when things are posted with TMZ as a source and “information” is gossip driven and not totally factual. I think that something as serious as this shouldn’t even be speculated on until all the information is in. Many peeps will just remember the accusation, and whatever the outcome it taints someone’s reputation. But then, what the hell does TMZ care!

  28. Tess – ITA w/your point about misinformation being reported and then viewed as fact – but, unfortunately, he was arrested, which is news. Police blotters typically includes the arrests and reasons.

    I think Chickezie is a very nice person, and will be surpised if he is found guilty of fraud.

  29. I’m so sad. :( So is there still a chance this was a misunderstanding? I hope if it is the news clears it up loud and clear!!!

  30. I hope it’s all a mistake. If it is, it’s really terribe that this got any press.

  31. Chikezie was with the “American Stars in Concert: the Spring Break Tour” with Phil Stacey, Gina, and Melinda. They seem to get along very well, and he does seem like a great guy to me. I’m with you, Tess. I don’t believe he was being deceptive. I trust that indeed this does turn out to be a misunderstanding, and that he indeed receive an apology.

  32. Poor Chikezie. Sounds like he established a business credit card but that there was something wrong with the way it was named in the application. It’s ultimately going to be resolved but he’ll be falsely accused in the press. Sux.

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