Nickelback Drummer Victim of Fraud by Florida Man Ordering $25K of Musical Equipment
Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair was the victim of identity fraud when a Florida man attempted to purchase about $25,000 in musical equipment using the rocker's name and credit card.
Howard Koenig, 45, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, was arrested Tuesday on two felony fraud-related charges, the TC Palm reports. The case spans back to Jan 19 when a band security specialist informed local police that drum parts and microphones had been ordered from Austria, using Adair's information.
"Essentially, when he placed the order in Austria, I guess at this level of band … you have a lot of people that work for you," Detective Paul Griffith of the Port St. Lucie Police Department told the newspaper. "One of the people in his group thought it was out of the ordinary when they were getting contacted as to confirming the order."
Since they had the shipping address, Adair did some research online and found a Florida drummer whose drum setup was the same configuration and tipped the police off to the suspect later identified as Koenig. With that information, police also searched the IP address used on the order and tracked it to Koenig's Port St. Lucie residence.
Griffith told the Palm that Koenig wanted to send Adair an apology letter.
Koenig was previously prosecuted for fraud in 2009 when he was ordered to spend three years in prison and repay $78,000 he collected for a humane society benefit concert that never took place. He was released on Tuesday from the St. Lucie County Jail on $18,750 bail, the Palm reports.
Adair has been a member of Nickelback since 2005 when he joined the band from 3 Doors Down.