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The suspected Hollywood Con Queen — a scam artist who for years has impersonated some of entertainment’s biggest power players — has been arrested, a report said on Thursday.
Authorities in Manchester, England, arrested Hargobind Tahilramani, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report said that Tahilramani, a 41-year-old Indonesian ex-con, had been going by the alias Gobind Tahil at the time of the arrest.
Tahilramani had first been named last month as the likely suspect in the case by the podcast, “Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen.”
The Hollywood hustle — which was being reportedly investigated by the FBI, and a private security firm, K2 Integrity — had been going on for six years, and involved the scammer convincing actors, writers, makeup artists, stunt performers and others to fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, for their big break in a film production. But once the unwitting victims arrived, they wound up being pressured into paying for various services, and the movie projects turned out to be pure fiction.
“Chameleon” podcast hosts Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis wrote for Vanity Fair last month that Tahilramani was also a “foodfluencer” in the UK with various foodie blogger Instagram handles. He also allegedly went by a string of other phony aliases, including Anand Sippy, they reported.
THR said on Thursday that Tahilramani was arrested “during an early-morning raid” on Nov. 26 and that he’s being held pending a decision on extradition to the US. The report said that US authorities hope to charge him for crimes stemming from the scam in which he allegedly impersonated Hollywood studio bosses such as Amy Pascal, Kathleen Kennedy and Stacey Snider.
The FBI and K2, which was reportedly hired by some of the impersonated execs in the scam, did not comment to THR. But K2 said in a statement to the publication: “K2 Integrity commends the collaborative efforts of the United States, British, and Indonesian law enforcement agencies for their work in bringing the individual known as the ‘Con Queen of Hollywood’ to justice.”
Tahilramani was reportedly once incarcerated in Indonesia on embezzlement charges, and later allegedly began impersonating foreign film execs in an early version of the Hollywood scam, THR reported.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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