Drag queen scams dude with delicious flair

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Meeting someone online carries with it a treasure trove of risks. Like the person might enjoy Red Lobster and Golden Corral. Or they steal your credit cards. Or the new girlfriend is really a drag queen. But that’s exactly what happened to a 20-year-old man from Riverdale. He met Deandre online before the pair met in person on the Georgia State campus in downtown Atlanta. Once they did the face-to-face in late November, things warmed up pretty quickly. And Deandre put on a façade with the drama that only a drag queen can deliver. Her story: She’s a busy lady, what with classes at GSU to finish her degree, being a marketing director for a local radio station and getting hauled around in a limo to impress her new man. Oh yeah, don’t forget that her dad is a retired NFL jock. But dude bit and asked Deandre to help him with advice about making it big in the music industry. Wrong question. Turns out, she was looking to make it big with his credit cards. That limo Deandre arrived in two days after their first meeting? She charged the $1,000 tab to his credit card. His mom discovered the fraudulent charge a week later. That’s probably a warning sign of some sort. But not for this guy. He kept going back for more. And the drag-induced ruse keeps getting better. Deandre introduces her new guy to another person, supposedly Deandre’s mom. It’s not clear if it’s her drag mother, biological mother or partner in crime. The dude’s mother grows suspicious and rings the NFL to check out Deandre’s claims of her father playing in the pro sports league. Daddy maybe, but no father, league security reps say. Better yet, with a draglicious twist that would make even RuPaul smile, the NFL security rep meets with dude’s parents on Dec. 20 and convinces the son to bring Deandre home to meet everyone. And confronted – think a Logo spin on A&E’s “Intervention” – Deandre comes clean about everything. Almost everything. It wasn’t until Deandre left that the NFL security rep tells the family that Deandre has run a similar scam on another clueless romantic interest. And by the way, Deandre is so not a gal. She’s all dude. But Deandre had the last laugh. She fled the scene with her man’s debit card and two credit cards to continue what was already an impressive shopping spree of nearly $3,000. The charges Deandre rang up show she’s nothing if not classy: a $43 meal at Golden Corral, two meals totaling $122 at Red Lobster and $21 in supplies from the beauty counter at CVS. Let’s not forget the $59 in fancy stuff from Victoria’s Secret and $130 in, ahem, supplies from Starship. Let's recap. When dating someone you met online, always check your wallet. And under the hood. This item was taken from an incident report filed Dec. 30 with the Atlanta Police Department.


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