Man Charged With Impersonating Slick Rick
A 28-year-old North Carolina man is accused of diverting mail intended for rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters and trying to cash his royalty checks.A 28-year-old North Carolina man is accused of diverting mail intended for rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters and trying to cash his royalty checks. Steven Burke Glenn was arrested April 3 and charged with three counts of forgery, two of obtaining property under false pretenses, and one of identity theft, Raleigh police Sgt. Chuck Hurst said. Additional charges were being considered.
The British-born Walters is being held in Bradenton, Fla., by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The INS is attempting to deport him over an attempted murder conviction in a 1990 shooting, for which he served six years.
Glenn was still in custody yesterday (April 10) on $30,000 bond. Hurst did not know what sentences Glenn might face if convicted on any of the charges.
Hurst said Glenn apparently submitted a change of address form to the U.S. Postal Service asking to have mail forwarded from Walters' production company in New York to a Raleigh address. Within a week or so, staff at the company became suspicious about the lack of mail and contacted postal authorities in New York, who involved Raleigh police in the investigation, Hurst said.
Bill Adler, a spokesman for Walters and his wife, Mandy Aragones, said Glenn forged Walters' name on royalty checks, deposited them into Walters' bank account, and then tried to withdraw the money. "Likewise, he registered a car, received hospital care, sent out express mail packages, and answered his own phone under Rick's name," Adler said.
Glenn ultimately got Walters' home telephone number and reached Aragones, identifying himself as Slick Rick and saying he was not in jail but in North Carolina. He apparently didn't realize he was talking to Walters' wife, Adler said. Aragones did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
It wasn't clear whether Glenn actually got any money from Walters. "To the best of my knowledge, he did not obtain any funds at all," Hurst said.
Walters, 37, has been jailed since June, when he was arrested by INS agents enforcing a U.S. law requiring deportation of foreigners convicted of violent felonies.
In December, a federal judge in New York blocked Walters' deportation a day before it was scheduled to occur, allowing him to pursue his challenge of the order. An immigration judge had ruled earlier that Walters should be allowed to stay because he had rehabilitated himself.
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