It all started when Manos was released on probation and immediately fled New York for Atlanta, where he took on the overwrought pseudonym "Michael Christian de Medici" and started a fraudulent real estate company. He became a fixture of the city's social scene, attending galas hosted by the likes of Jane Fonda, whom he charmed by donating a house to her charity. He was long gone by the time it was determined that the house was not his to donate. He also used the de Medici name to film a reality show pilot starring himself as a "European trust fund baby," but vanished again after throwing a premiere party in New York.
Next he appeared in Washington, claiming to be a high-powered lobbyist and star of the reality show Two Gay Men, featuring himself and his dog. He threw an elegant fundraiser for John McCain before skipping town with the proceeds. In 2010 he hit Dallas, where he was Greek trust fund brat Mladen Stefanov, star of the reality show Bella Boyz, and scammed at least $87,000 from the local upper crust. Other aliases include Dain Alexander Manos, Brooke Carrington III, and Alexis Vanderbilt, and you know these accents were getting worse over time.
The law finally caught up with Manos, but when he was released in 2013, he immediately violated his parole by moving to New Orleans, where he introduced himself as J.P. Morgan's grandson, star of a reality show where he was journeying to the Big Easy looking for love. He held open auditions, became a fixture in the town's swankiest nightclubs, and put in a $2 million bid on a house while being evicted from a $500 rental. Once the whole town was abuzz, he announced he would host a fabulous red carpet masquerade charity ball, but the whole thing fell apart because his exploits had become infamous enough to get him recognized. He was rearrested, but to be fair to the guy, he did give us some reality-show-caliber antics. And has Lisa Vanderpump ever vaulted over a chain link fence, pockets stuffed full of John McCain's money, with a tuxedo-clad mob in hot pursuit? Probably, but imagine if she'd been willing to film it!