Thursday 18 July 2019

George Clooney impersonator arrested for clothing line scam

Italian national Francesco Galdelli (C) after he was arrested on the outskirts of Pattaya.
Italian national Francesco Galdelli (C) after he was arrested on the outskirts of Pattaya.
George Clooney
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Thai police have arrested an Italian man wanted in his home country after fleeing a jail sentence for fraudulently using the name of actor George Clooney to promote investments in a bogus clothing company.

Francesco Galdeli, 58, was arrested on Saturday near the city of Pattaya on suspicion of staying in the country illegally.

Offices also arrested 45-year-old Vanja Goffi on suspicion of overstaying her visa.

Thai authorities say an Interpol notice had been issued for Galdeli.

He was sentenced by a Milan court to more than eight years in jail in 2010 after being found guilty of impersonating Clooney in order to trick investors.

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