Criminals Use Fake ‘Office’ I.D. to Steal Ricky Gervais’ Cash

Jason Morris

Ricky GervaisWe realized recently that we have been negligent in adding to our “Smooth Criminal” series.  One of the great things about being in the background screening business is that we get to see all kinds of crazy things.  The things we see everyday can’t be written about for obvious confidentiality reasons.  However, oftentimes the news does the work for us!  Its not hard these days to open your internet browser and come across one of these….smooth criminals!

Criminals Use Fake ‘Office’ I.D. to Steal Ricky Gervais’ Cash

Just when we think we’ve heard about the dumbest criminal on this planet, another story breaks and leaves our mouths agape. With this latest one, we almost don’t know where to start. Let’s preface it with this: If you’re going to scam a celebrity, you better bring your A-game.

Unfortunately, a group of UK-based, bungling criminals didn’t even bring their D-game. According to The Sun, British actor Ricky Gervais revealed for the first time that a group of unidentified crooks attempted to use a fake passport several years ago to steal about $330,000 from his bank account. But it gets better. Instead of finding a picture of Gervais himself for the passport, they just cut out the picture of his character, David Brent, from the DVD cover of the UK version of ‘The Office’. And why did they need all that cash? To buy gold bullion, of course (we swear this isn’t a plot from Gervais’ next comedy). After Gervais gave his bank permission, it contacted police, who arrested the dumb criminals while they attempted to purchase the gold.

The would-be thieves were sent to jail, and Gervais says he can laugh about the ordeal now. “We were laughing for ten minutes,” he told The Sun. ” …it’s a picture of David Brent sitting at a desk with that little smug look on his face!”

In other news, Steve Carrell was seen at a Best Buy grabbing armfuls of DVDs of the U.S. version of ‘The Office’ and shouting “I’m not Michael Scott!” [From: The Sun]

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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