A D.C. area man accused of impersonating Vince Young, backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, was arrested and charged with felony fraud Sept. 23.
Prince Georges County Police said Stephan Pittman, 33, of Fort Washington was wanted for seeking money from women in the District and Prince George’s County on the pretense of raising funds for the Vince Young Foundation, a charitable organization connected to the pro football player.
He was charged with defrauding a woman who gave him $2,500. The woman said she grew suspicious after meeting Pittman, but gave him the money anyway because she began to feel intimidated by him.
According to Maryland police records Pittman is 6’5” and 230 lbs−nearly the same height and weight as Young.
“We’re just happy and pleased that he’s caught, and hopefully will be brought to justice,” Young’s publicist Denise White told the Post.
Prior to the arrest, Young Tweeted that Pittman is “dangerous” and told NBC Washington station WRC-TV that the whole ordeal has “been real sick.” Young Foundation officials also described Pittman as a sex offender, according to EUR Web.
White said she and Young’s organization began receiving calls back in May about a possible impersonator. She then contacted the NFL Players Association and the claims ceased. But in mid-September, seven more people came forward and said they donated money to a possible impersonator.
According to Fox News’ D.C. affiliate WTTG-reports of a Young impersonator surfaced in Philadelphia.
While Pittman has only been charged in one case, officials said they are currently exploring other allegations of fraud.