Since then, Gignac and a friend have used the whole "sweaty Anastasia" routine at least nine times. He even bought fake diplomatic plates off eBay and put "Sultan" on his front door to complete the look. His latest Arabian grift occurred in 2017, when the newly minted "Sultan Bin Khalid Al Saud" met with a Florida company to discuss buying a hotel for $600 million, after which he conned them out of a $50,000 gift, claiming they had insulted his sultan-y honor and needed to pay tribute. Gignac was caught by the police, and has admitted to having stolen over $8 million in the last two years alone. We don't expect he'll stay in prison for long, however. If anything, he'll probably wind up eventually taking over the throne in Saudi Arabia for real.
A Garbage Man Pretended To Be Several Music Legends For Over 30 Years
Alan Young is a former sanitation worker born in Oakland, but you'll know him better as the man who impersonated half of the Motown music scene for most of his life. Young pretended to be Temptations guitarist Cornelius Grant, Temptations lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson, and jazz legend Marcus Miller, among others -- all highly successful musicians whom you still probably wouldn't recognize on the street. Which is helpful, because Young in no way looks like any of them.
Young's scam was simple. He would arrive in a new town in a flashy suit, contact some local bigwigs pretending to want to invest in their business or donate to their charity, and watch them trip over themselves taking a superstar to expensive dinners and paying for his hotels. It's so hard to resist a Temptation, after all. One of Young's secret weapons was a private airfield with insanely bad security. He would take his marks there, waltzing right in, and then show off a random jet as his own. The scam worked until one executive came back to the airfield alone and figured out that they opened the gate no matter what name you gave them.
San Francisco Police DepartmentSadly, the same trick doesn't work for prisons.