Fake Jack Nicholson arrested

2012-03-01 12:28

Sao Paulo - Brazilian police said on Wednesday they arrested a man for forgery when he tried to open a bank account using an identification document with a photo of actor Jack Nicholson.

Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros, 41, was arrested in the northeastern city of Recife and charged with using false documents and forgery, police said.

He also was carrying identification documents belonging to other persons.

Fictitious company

A copy of the forged document released by police shows a photo of Nicholson's face next to the signature of "Joao Pedro dos Santos" and a fingerprint.

"The document with the photo of the actor and other false identification were used to start a fictitious company and with it, also open a bank account," said Erivaldo Guerra, who leads the civil police investigation.

"That way, he would use the limits on the checks and the credit cards" to steal money.

Police said Freire de Barros already was being investigated for fraudulent activity when he was arrested.

Nicholson, 74, won Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983) and As Good as It Gets (1997).