Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has been unwittingly involved in $10,000 credit card scam.
Fashion blogger David Tripp was arrested for identity theft and grand larceny after allegedly spending thousands of dollars on designer clothes from several New York stores by pretending to be Depp's stylist.
According to the New York Times, the writer used stole credit cards to make huge purchases from designer boutiques including Jil Sander, Carven and Marc Jacobs.
On 28 April, he allegedly called the Jil Sander store on Howard Street to place an order for almost $6,000, which he claimed was for Depp. He was able to get away with the deceit as the sales assistant believed he worked for the Pirates of The Caribbean star and never asked for photo ID.
Tripp was not so lucky when visited Marc Jacobs's Bleecker Street store posing as the stylist for musician Brandon Flowers.
According to shop manager Brian Britt, he received a call ahead of the visit informing him that the stylist would be picking up clothes for an upcoming shoot.
"We have legit stylists call," Brian Britt, manager of the said this week, "so it's not that far-fetched. The guy knew all the style names of the pieces of ready-to-wear that he wanted. He was calling out the styles themselves. "
However staff soon became suspicious when he accidently spelt the name on the card incorrectly and police were called.
But Tripp, who has since been released on bail, insisted that he was innocent.
"I can say that the narrative in which I've been placed in unequivocally inaccurate and unjust," he told the New York Times.
Depp has not commented on the arrest.