A Florida-based con man has gotten the attention of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which claims he used the company’s LLC trademark to try to get gifts, employment and access to celebrities.
TheWrap.com references a federal lawsuit filed Friday (April 17) in the Southern District of Florida by OWN LLC, Reggie Love, a former aide to President Barack Obama and OWN executive vice president Scott Garner. In the suit, OWN, Love and Garner state that Justin Jackson “pretends to be connected to OWN, its employees and others in an effort to obtain financial benefits.” Additionally, a person named Angel Agarrat was named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit.
Court documents reveal that Jackson has posed as various people associated with OWN, including Garner and Love, for the past two years. In addition, the documents note mention that Jackson has attempted to obtain countless items of value and tried to gain employment by claiming to be Oprah Winfrey’s nephew or former assistant.
“Agarrat and Jackson have infringed and diluted OWN’s trademarks and trade name,” the suit stated.
OWN’s lawsuit against Jackson marks the latest in a string of legal situations involving the Florida man. According to The Wrap, Jackson has a felony theft conviction on his record for posing as Madonna‘s manager in 2007 and stealing $2.4 million worth of jewelry in a scam against Chopard Boutique in New York after claiming he needed the items for a photo shoot.
Over the years, Jackson’s scams included seeking free gift cards from The Cheesecake Factory by impersonating Love; asking for free Juicy Couture clothes; trying to get a job at Perry Ellis, the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami and Extended Stay chain; soliciting gifts for OWN’s “‘Next Chapter’ Holiday Special;” attempting to get jewelry from David Yurman and Pandora; trying to fly on American Airlines for free; and claiming to be Johnny Depp‘s manager.
Regarding Love, Jackson was criminally charged with impersonating a public officer/employee and financial identity fraud for acts committed against the former Duke basketball player when he was a public official.
At this time, Jackson currently has a warrant out for him after he failed to appear for trial.