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Accused Hollywood Con Man Charged With Grand Theft

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An Armenian immigrant who most recently called Hollywood home is now behind bars accused of conning someone out of more than a thousand dollars.

David Vyner, 36, was charged with grand theft after he allegedly convinced someone that he was with the Russian Embassy and could push the renewal of the person's Russian passport through for $1,050, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Over his life time Vyner has appeared to be many things. Currently on probation for practicing law with a license, in the past Vyner was caught carrying a foreign diplomat's passport. He also had ID badges from Memorial Regional Hospital which listed him as a doctor and a clergyman.

Last year Vyner that he received a medical degree in Russia and also has been to rabbinical school. But his first wife, in a sworn statement, said that he was never a licensed attorney or doctor anywhere.

His second wife said in a deposition that he convinced her he was a rabbi

At the time of his arrest, Vyner was on probation while awaiting a federal trial in Washington D.C. in an identity theft case. He has a pending immigration case as well. There is also an active warrant out for his arrest in Canada where is facing nearly two dozen tax charges.

Vyner is being held without bond.


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