Cops: Fraudster Posed As Member Of Nickelback

In a deeply embarrassing fraud scheme, a Florida man actually posed as the drummer for Nickelback in a bid to swindle a company out of $25,000 worth of high-end microphones, according to police.

Investigators allege that Lee Koenig, 45, masqueraded as Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair when recently placing an e-mail order with Lewitt Audio, a Vienna, Austria firm.

The order was subsequently flagged by a Nickelback business representative as “out of the ordinary,” a police report notes. When the rep contacted Adair, the drummer “stated that he did not make the order and began to look into who had.”

Adair’s sleuthing led him to Facebook pages and a web site for Koenig, who has drummed in a series of bands, including Billy Idol and Aerosmith tribute outfits. One of Koenig’s Facebook pages describes him as a “Hall of fame drummer, Sony Multi platinum session touring drummer.”

Upon examining online photos, the 42-year-old Adair “realized that the suspect’s drum set was the same configuration as his.” Adair also determined that the purported Nickelback publicist named in the e-mail order was actually Koenig’s girlfriend.

Court records show that Koenig is a convicted felon who served more than two years in state prison following a 2009 fraud conviction. Koenig was collared after illegally pocketing nearly $100,000 raised during charity concert schemes.


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