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Fla. Couple Posed as Adele's Manager, Targeted NBA Stars, Celebs: Police

New charges for pair accused of posing as singer's manager to get Rolling Loud passes

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    Justin Jackson, 30, and his wife, Angel Lii, 26, were arrested Tuesday on a number of new charges including unlawful use of a communications device, organized scheme to defraud and fraudulent use of identification, according to an arrest warrant released Wednesday.

    (Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017)

    A South Florida couple accused of posing as the manager for Adele to get tickets to Miami's Rolling Loud music festival earlier this year are facing more charges after authorities say they also targeted a number of sports stars and celebrities in their scheme.

    Justin Jackson, 30, and his wife, Angel Lii, 26, were arrested Tuesday on a number of new charges including unlawful use of a communications device, organized scheme to defraud and fraudulent use of identification, according to an arrest warrant released Wednesday.

    Jackson, who also uses the name Justin Jayce Lii, and his wife were initially arrested in May after authorities say they posed as Jonathan Dickins, Adele's manager, and sent an email to Kendrick Lamar's manager requesting tickets to the festival at Bayfront Park, which the rapper was headlining. Jackson and Lii were arrested when they arrived to pick up their passes for the festival, according to an arrest report.

    But according to the latest arrest report, the duo targeted dozens of celebrities while posing as Dickins, emailing representatives for the stars to request expensive shoes, concert tickets and other items in exchange for tickets to Adele's shows.

    The accusations date back to January 2016, when Jackson and Lii sent emails to reps for NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Bismack Biyombo, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holliday and WNBA star Maya Moore, seeking shoes, tickets or other memorabilia in exchange to all-access passes to an Adele concert, the arrest warrant said.

    The emails claimed Adele was collecting the shoes for a celebrity shoe auction that would benefit children, the warrant said.

    Throughout 2016, Jackson and Lii sent emails to reps for Rihanna, Drake, Usher and others trying to get shoes or concert passes, the warrant said. They also sought shoes from reps for Chris Bosh, Paul George, Danny Granger, Reggie Jackson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, J.R. Smith, Chris Paul, Richard Hamilton, Derek Jeter and Josh Freeman, according to the warrant.

    At one point, they also posed as a representative for soccer star Lionel Messi, and claimed Messi was working with Adele on the charity shoe auction, the warrant said. The pair did end up receiving shoes from some shoes from Hamilton, George and Victor Oladipo, the warrant said.

    The warrant said Jackson and Lii also asked a number of celebs - including Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Tory Lanez - for videos of them wishing happy birthday to Adele's assistant and friends.

    Jackson and Lii requested tickets to Miami concerts for stars Carrie Underwood, Lauryn Hill, Big Sean and Fabolous, the warrant said. They even received tickets to the Fabolous concert and met the singer backstage but were thrown out of the venue, the warrant said.

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    In most cases, the emails were forwarded to Dickins, who confirmed that they weren't legitimate, the warrant said.

    Jackson has a history of posing as celebrity representatives. He served two years in a Florida prison after he convinced a jeweler to loan out $2.4 million in jewelry in 2007 by posing as a rep for Madonna, the Miami Herald reported.

    He has also posed as Oprah's nephew, former basketball player Reggie Love, a former aide to President Obama and a cable television executive, according to court documents obtained by the Herald.