Mervin Cabe attempted to convince employees at a Louis Vuitton store in Aspen, Colorado, that he was former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson in order to purchase in excess of $18,000 of merchandise, according to Jason Auslander of the Aspen Times.
Per that report, Cabe, a Miami resident, "told employees at the high-end luxury goods store that he was Johnson...in order to be able to make the purchase. Customers at Louis Vuitton must have a 'profile ID' in order for their transactions to go through, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court."
Auslander added that Cabe was unable to provide Johnson's phone number on file with the store, but was still permitted to buy merchandise worth more than $18,000.
Per the report, "Cabe initially tried to use a credit card that was twice declined to make the purchase, then pulled up an Apple Pay account on his cellphone, which worked, the affidavit states."
Cabe maintained his story with Aspen police, though he didn't give them the correct date of birth and refused to show them the Apple Pay account and credit card he used for the purchase. After continuously "making excuses and repeating the same nonsensical story," Cabe eventually cracked, telling a sergeant on scene, "You're going to have to take me...to jail. I've done something bad."
Johnson jokingly responded to the story on Twitter:
Chad Johnson @ochocinco
I see the resemblance 😊 https://t.co/TfIQLnuMVV2017-7-18 20:37:07
Cabe has been charged with two felonies, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and identity theft.