A Florida-based conman who somehow managed to take millions from rich investors all around a universe by posing as a Saudi Arabian king and diplomat was finally unprotected after he done a mistake of eating bacon and other pig products during business meetings.

Anthony Gignac, a Columbian-born male who was adopted by a Michigan family as a child, started his showy shop-lifting operation in 2015, by environment up a feign investment company, Marden Williams International, to purportedly deposit in business opportunities worldwide. Using several aliases, a criminal artist spent a subsequent dual years posing as a rich Saudi king and hidden over $8 million from 26 victims all around a world. Gignac bought feign tactful permit plates on eBay and put pretentious difference like “sultan” in a doorway nameplates of penthouses and mansions where he met with his victims. This was apparently adequate to dope people into meditative that he was a genuine prince.


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Gignac’s shop-lifting operation worked like a attract between 2015 and 2017. He had millions of dollars in his bank accounts, a swift of oppulance cars, including Ferraris and Rolls Royces, Rolex watches, costly jewellery, as good as a a two-bedroom condo on disdainful Fisher Island on Biscayne Bay. He also favourite to flourish his intemperate lifestyle on Instagram, where he mostly posted photos of his possessions, though frequency showed his face. Instead, he spasmodic put adult photos of generic-looking Arab royalty, to keep adult appearances.

The conman and his co-conspirators claimed that he was a member of a Saudi Royal family and had disdainful business deals. Gignac himself would infrequently uncover off feign letters from a Bank of Dubai, guaranteeing that he had hundreds of millions accessible for whatever projects his victims were concerned in. He would fly in private jets, stay during disdainful hotels, and would even expostulate fast and tell his victims that he had tactful shield so zero would occur if he got pulled over.

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All these tricks worked for Gignac until he attempted shop-lifting Miami real-estate developer Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates. The conman approached Soffer underneath a alias “Saudi Crown Prince Khalid bin Al-Saud” and voiced his seductiveness to deposit $440 million in one of his hotels. At some point, Soffer apparently became questionable of Gignac and justice papers uncover that he had to offer a supposed Saudi king a $50,000 Cartier bracelet for carrying questioned his honor. The conman’s associates privately requested a gift, “because a respect of a sultan had been questioned”.

However, Soffer figured out that something was off about this Saudi king after saying him wolf down bacon and other pig products during several meals. He knew that this would be opposite a eremite beliefs of a righteous Muslim prince, so he had his hotel’s private confidence group examine Gignac. They found that he was no Saudi prince, though a charlatan perplexing to secure vast sums of income and other element advantages from rich victims.

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Soffer told authorities about Anthony Gignac and he was arrested in Nov 2017. After acid his house, Diplomatic Security Service investigators found several business cards with Gignac’s several aliases and titles, like “His Royal Highness,” “Prince” and “Sultan”, as good as tactful permit plates, a artificial tactful confidence badge, unapproved credit cards, thousands of dollars in cash, and financial papers in a name of a member of a Saudi Royal family.

Anthony Gignac has been sealed adult in a Miami apprehension core given Nov of final year, and he is now available sentencing after pleading guilty to impersonating a unfamiliar supervision official, temperament burglary and fraud.

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Gignac’s successful swindles are suggestive of a exploits of legendary conman Jimmy Sabatino, and those of Stefan Cernetic, who acted as a “Prince of Montenegro” and brushed shoulders with celebrities for years.

Source: Miami Herald