Celebrities and high profile sport’s figures seem to have it all- money, fame, attractive significant others or their pick of the litter. However, being catfished is like the common cold, it can spread through all lifestyles, genders, and social or economic demographics. No one is immune.
Miami Heat’s key player, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, age 35, was the victim of a hoax that threatened to ruin his life, sport’s career, and lead to jail time, had the truth not come to light. If Andersen seems like a bad boy with his heavy tattooing and past drugs ban, he managed to be cleared of making threats, possession and transmitting of child pornography, impersonation, and extortion. The real culprit was Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, from Canada.
Andersen’s troubles began without him realizing it. Last year he began chatting with a 17 year old woman and aspiring model, Paris Roxanne, whom he met online. She presented herself as age 21 and traveled to meet him in Colorado, for consensual sex. Thankfully for Andersen, despite Roxanne’s fib about her age, the age of consent in Colorado is 17. The ongoing problem was that from the start, Shelly Lynn Chartier, a reclusive Canadian woman who spent most of her time indoors, had catfished herself as a middleman between any communication that Andersen and Roxanne had. Her method of doing so allowed her to receive, edit, and change any messages before they reached either party, by capitalizing on Facebook’s past policy of not verifying celebrity accounts. When Andersen was not interested in pursuing a relationship with Roxanne, Chartier became annoyed and began to seek revenge and payment, a process which was part of her typical catfish behavior.
First, she pretended to be Roxanne’s mother and wrote a threatening message about her “daughter’s” age and the items she wanted purchased in her online wish list. Fearing the ramifications of a PR emergency due to Roxanne’s young age and photographs sent, Andersen initially complied. Meanwhile, Roxanne was receiving nasty messages from Chartier, still posing as Andersen! She eventually went to the police, thinking Andersen was threatening to expose naked photos of her to the world, threatening her with harm, and demanding she perform demeaning sexual acts.
Thus began a long web of lies coming to light, as investigated by Cronce and Olson, head of Winnepeg’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit. The two investigators eventually cracked the code of what had occurred by following up on each I.P. address Andersen and Roxanne would have used when communicating, which brought the elephant in the room to light and eventually led to exposing and subsequently arresting Chartier.
During the investigation, Chris Andersen was turned down by many teams until a 2012 ‘break’ by Miami Heat president, Pat Riley. Given this chance, even while down on his luck, Andersen managed to become a champion and have one of his best seasons ever- playing six straight games without missing a shot, along with setting an NBA playoff record for his percentage of field goals. Proving that even when a Catfish is caught, their net leaves a mark, Andersen’s lawyer spoke to Newsweek and said that the ordeal has impacted Andersen. “He’s become a recluse.” his lawyer explained, and after the threat of being falsely labeled a child pornographer, he has avoided children’s homes and hospitals for appearances and volunteerism.
No sales pitches, no games, and one-click unsubscribe.
Who We Are
Social Catfish is an online dating investigation service based in California, USA. We verify information to confirm if the person that you've met online is really who they say they are.
What We Do
We do in depth checks using our own proprietary online tools to verify things like images, social profiles, phone numbers, emails, jobs and a lot more to make sure that you have the most information about the person that you've met online. We are the only company doing verification of public information such as jobs, phone numbers criminal checks as well as social profiles and images.
If you want to be aware of the latest news and catfish stories, subscribe to our newsletter!
Disclaimer: You may not use SocialCatfish.com or the information we provide to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or any other purpose that would require FCRA compliance. SocialCatfish.com does not provide consumer credit reports and is not a consumer credit reporting agency. (These terms have special meanings under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq., ("FCRA"), which are incorporated herein by reference.) While we do pride ourselves on our thoroughness, the information available on our website or that we provide at times may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use it as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person's criminal history. SocialCatfish.com does not make any representation or warranty about the character or the integrity of the person, business, or entity about which you inquire, or the information available through our website or that you receive from us or any or our representatives.