DENVER - A Canadian woman accused of "catfishing" an NBA star has been sentenced to 18 months in jail, and is expected to be extradited to the U.S. after she has served her time to face more charges in the case, reports The Denver Post.
Shelley Chartier, 31, allegedly created a fake Facebook account for Chris "Birdman" Anderson, formerly of the Denver Nuggets and now with the Miami Heat. According to the Winnepeg Free Press, charging documents claim that a 17-year-old girl from California tried to contact Anderson through the profile, and Chartier began relaying messages and photographs between the girl - who reportedly claimed to be older - and Anderson, who she contacted through his legitimate social media profiles.
The Denver Post reports that Anderson and the teen eventually met in person, and afterward, Chartier allegedly posed as the girl's mother online and began threatening Anderson if he did not send her money. Anderson reportedly sent her $3,000.
Chartier also allegedly posed as Anderson and issued threats to the girl - which led police to raid Anderson's home in 2012.
After the raid, Anderson was dropped from the Denver Nuggets and he has said he lost millions of dollars in endorsements.
It took years for law enforcement to unravel the scheme, but the district attorney in Douglas County, Colorado has now charged Chartier with 15 crimes, including sexual exploitation of a child, identity theft and racketeering. The most serious of the charges carry a possible sentence of up to 24 years in prison.