A man named Chinwendu Azuonwu has been charged with money laundering, a third-degree felony, for pretending to be the Grammy-nominated artist, according to reports. Azuonwu appeared in Harris County criminal court on Tuesday for a hearing, online court records viewed by Fox News show.
Prosecutors in the case claim the defendant targeted a woman in her 60s online. Azuonwu allegedly convinced the victim he was the “Uptown Funk” performer by sending her photos and text messages from the musician while he was touring.
The woman reportedly fell in love with the mock Mars. The fake romance led Azuonwu to begin asking the woman for money. One check she made out for $10,000 was made out to a “friend of the band” for “touring expenses,” local station KTRK-TV reports.
A man was arrested and charged with money laundering for pretending to be singer Bruno Mars and fooling a Texas woman into paying him $100,000.
After the initial check, the defendant and an alleged accomplice named Basil Amadi managed to get another $90,000 from the woman.
The Bruno Mars catfisher is expected to appear in court again on Wednesday for a bail review hearing.