Published Mar 01, 2017While it undoubtedly has its rockstar perks, it must be a real pain in the ass to be a member of ballsy arena rockers Nickelback. Not only do you have to deal with legions of unoriginal haters, but you also apparently have to worry about identity theft.
According to TC Palm [via Spin], a Florida man was arrested for attempting to impersonate Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair while purchasing some $25,000 USD in musical equipment.
The 45-year-old Lee Harvey Koenig performs under the comical name Mr. Wooky, and his Facebook page suggests he's a studio and touring musician for Epic and Sony. Whether or not those things are true, we do know that he's allegedly a world-class scammer.
Mr. Wooky realized that he had a similar drum setup as Adair, and used that information to impersonate the drummer. He ordered $25,000 in microphones from a manufacturer in Vienna, Austria, and had them delivered to a Florida address.
Police were notified on January 19 that something was fishy. Then, a representative contacted Adair, who confirmed that he had not ordered the microphones.
Koenig was arrested on Tuesday (February 28) and released on $18,750 bond. This is not the first time he has been arrested for fraud.
All of this begs the question — can't we just let the members of Nickelback live?