He pretended to be a policeman in order to obtain and disseminate information on stars

It is a preposterous affair reported by our colleagues from Parisian this Friday, September 2. Leandro, a 33-year-old man who pretended to be a police officer for several weeks, was indicted and then imprisoned, this Thursday, September 1 in Paris, for “usurpation of the quality of police officer, collection and dissemination of data, interference in public files and fraud”. The suspect would have, since the beginning of July, called police stations posing as a police officer, in order to collect information on celebrities such as rappers, influencers or even stars of reality TV, before distribute them on the Internet. To achieve his ends, he had a perfect command of police jargon and used spoofing software that masked the origin of the call and deceived the police on the phone.

His fall began on July 28 with a complaint filed by Magali Berdah, agent for reality TV personalities. The entrepreneur had learned with amazement that a video posted by Leandro on Youtube revealed confidential information about his criminal past. In charge of the investigation, the brigades for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP) and the fight against cybercrime (BL2C) found that the young usurper had posted about fifty conversations with police officers who told him information from the TAJ (processing of criminal records) and RPF (file of wanted persons).

Leandro, already convicted three times for fraudulent access to personal data, was arrested earlier this week at his home in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis). Unemployed, this 30-year-old admitted most of the charges against him during his police custody. He felt, however, that his approach should be perceived “as a militant act against influencers and reality TV”. “These people are in pole position on large-scale scams like the one on the training account. Magali Berdah, Greg le Marseillais and all these people make young people dream with their product placement”he denounced. “Each of his videos has only been viewed 3000 or 4000 times, which is still a fairly low impact”tempered his lawyer Me Paul Faucon.

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