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    Default Impersonating Celebrities

    Is it illegal to impersonate a celebrity? Or anyone for that matter? This guy (who is complete scum) downloads pix off of the internet, gets them copied at Walgreens and then pays his friends to "autograph" them to give as Christmas presents and stuff. He also pays them to call people (or he pretends to call them on his phone and lets his girlfriend talk to the person masquerading as a celebrity). Can he get in trouble for this? Can the people he paid get in trouble?

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

    If you get money or services based on an impersonation, it can be illegal.

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    Would the man orchestrating it be in more trouble legally or the person performing the services? What if they performed them on a "you owe me a favor" basis? What are some punishments for this?

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

    I can't answer hypothetical questions....

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

    is there a link that would describe this statute so I can research?

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

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    is there a link that would describe this statute so I can research?
    Google your state's statutes.

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

    Thank you for your help. In my state, it is listed as a class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $3,000 fine and/or at least 30 days but no more than 6 months in jail.

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    Default Re: Impersonating Celebrities

    If the pictures were in the public domain, I doubt if it's illegal to download and print them (civil or criminal) at Walgreens. Assuming he's not accepting money for these "gifts", it's not really fraud, "really" being a keyword here because what's going to happen is--down the road, someone is going to try and sell one of these forgeries, and that may or may not result in it being traced back to the source, who could be brought up on charges. Otherwise, it sounds like a sleazy, but harmless deception on his part--to convince friends he is popular with celebrities. And people who live those type of deceptive lives usually reap the consequences in ways more harsh and painful than a class B misdemeanor. Are you, by chance, one of the people he's paid to sign the photos? I think you should forget about this shallow person.

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