Man Arrested For Posing As Chad Johnson On Shopping Spree

A Florida man tried impersonating ex-NFL star Chad Johnson on shopping spree. He was caught shortly thereafter.

Mervin Cabe, 25, of Miami, FL attempted to purchase over $18K worth of items at a Louis Vuitton store in Aspen, CO. while advising store employees that he was former NFL star Chad Johnson, per court documents obtained by the Aspen Times.


Cabe and accomplices were allegedly “grabbing random items off the shelf” without trying any of them on. When it was time to pay the cashier, Cabe’s credit card was twice declined before he, then,  successfully completed the transaction using Apple Pay.

Before he could leave with the expensive items, the cashier asked for Cabe’s “profile ID,” which is a requirement for all Louis Vuitton customers. Cabe provided an incorrect phone number then leaned in to view the cashier’s computer screen.

“Yeah, that’s the one, Chad Johnson,” he reportedly said, pointing to the screen. “That’s me.”

Even after the transaction was complete and the cashier alerted authorities, Cabe continued to stick his his story and lie to the police, telling officers he was the former NFL player and that his birth year was 1991.

The actual Chad Javon Johnson, — who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins —  does really live in Miami and is a regular customer of Louis Vuitton stores, was born in 1978. Eventually, Cabe came clean, according to an affidavit, stating, “You’re going to have to take me home… to jail… I’ve done something bad.”

I think you’d all agree that Mr. Cabe could’ve picked a former player with a closer resemblance to himself…


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