‘Bad Girls Club’ Star Shannade Clermont Gets 1 Year In Prison For Stealing Dead Man’s Debit Card Info
A reality TV star who pleaded guilty to stealing the debit card information from a man who overdosed while on a “prostitution date” with her — and then helping herself to a $20,000 shopping spree on the dead man’s dime — has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Shannade Clermont, 25, who starred alongside her twin sister on a season of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” and appeared in Kanye West’s Yeezy’s Season 6 campaign, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of wire fraud for lifting debit card information from the victim in his Manhattan apartment on East 53rd Street on Jan. 31, 2017.
The man, James Alesi, died after ingesting cocaine mixed with fentanyl, and his death was ruled an overdose. When authorities arrived at the apartment, according to court papers, they found a broken condom in his bed, clear baggies that tested positive for cocaine and a rolled-up dollar bill on a small table in his living room.
Shannade didn’t call 911 for the man, nor alert the concierge or the doorman for his building before she left. She then used Alesi’s debit card information to pay her rent, purchase flights and make thousands of dollars worth of online purchases that included designer-brand clothes, Valentino shoes, a Phillip Plein jacket and Beats headphones.
Both sisters were in the courtroom for Shannade’s sentencing on Thursday dressed nearly identically with platinum-blond hairdos, purple blazers and black pumps. Shannade delivered an emotional statement broken with sobs.
“Words cannot express the sorrow I have in my heart,” she said.
Shannade’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, argued that his client didn’t know the man was in distress when she left the apartment — and thus didn’t call 911 — and that she didn’t see him using any drugs other than alcohol.
“It’s easy to blame her because she was there,” Mr Lichtman said.
But Circuit Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald shook her head during his arguments, saying that Shannade may have avoided calling 911 to avoid a run-in with law enforcement while “acting as a prostitute.”
Before delivering the sentence the judge made clear that she “does not care” why Shannade went to the man’s room.
“Yet when faced with a real test of character she chose to steal his debit card information,” the judge said.
Shannade is scheduled to turn herself in on the 4th June.
Source: NY Post
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