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Man Steals $900,000 Advance For Fashion Week Event Using Kanye West’s Identity

February 8, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Kanye West is a victim of identity theft, with the perpetrator allegedly making off a $900,000 advance for a Fashion Week event. TMZ reports that a man who West knew secretly contacted Philipp Plein, who is hosting a New York Fashion Week event on Monday, and pretended to be West’s rep. He negotiated an advance for West to perform at the event and then made off with the $900,000 advance.

The site reports that Plein made a deal with the man, who is a former friend of West’s and associate of his G.O.O.D. Music label. The deal for West would have been for seven figures for a performance at the event. The man forged West’s signature on the contract and then cleaned out the money from an account it was wired to. West had no idea about the whole thing and is not performing at the show.

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