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Reality Star Jailed for Fake Money
Published September 18th, 2012
Gainesville - A contestant who won the top prize on a reality show is now accused of spending counterfeit money. Investigators think he went from gangster to gentleman and back to gangster. "Creepa" or Thaddeus Martin was on the MTV show "From G's to Gents." He was one of several contestants from across America trying to change their lifestyle.
"I am committed to do what ever it takes to be a gentleman," Thaddeus Martin, Creepa said on the show.
Martin was the winner of season 1 of the show who won 100 thousand dollars. Martin was in the Alachua County Jail for allegedly spending counterfeit money.
"Counterfeit money is illegal, and it messes stuff up for people who got good money," Jesse Williams, Gainesville resident said.
Police say Martin or Creepa went to Walmart on Waldo Road and asked the woman he was with to purchase a cell phone and calling card from the electronics department.
"Mr. Martin provided the money to the person, to purchase the items and they were then turned over to Mr. Martin's custody," Detective Mike Denmark from the Gainesville Police Department said.
Police say hours later, Martin then went to the Wal-Mart on Archer Road where he returned the phone and calling card in exchange for a cash refund.
"You got real money yeah I not with that," Williams said.
After investigating the scene and looking at surveillance video police eventually tracked down Martin and found out where he lived and that's where the "G to Gentleman" was arrested.
"The fact that he had been on a reality show had no bearing on who he was, when you violate crimes we're going to prosecute to you fullest extent of the law," Detective Denmark said.
"Going to store and find out I got counterfeit money would really upset me," Williams said.
Police said Martin Claims to be homeless and living out of his car. Martin is charged with counterfeiting and scheming to defraud.
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