From Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeting “congress is less popular than herpes & Nickelback” on Valentine’s Day, to police in Canada proposing using their music as punishment for drunk drivers, the band Nickelback has had a tough few months.Now we hear that a Florida man allegedly posed as Daniel Adair, the drummer for the Canadian quartet, in order to swindle a company out of $25,000 worth of high-end microphones. Police allege that Lee Koenig, 45, pretended to be Adair in an email that was sent to place an order with Lewitt Audio, a company based in Vienna, Austria.
But when a rep for the company contacted the real Adair, he said that he had no idea who had placed the order — and started doing his own detective work online.
Adair’s sleuthing led him to Facebook pages and a website for Koenig, who says he has drummed in a series of bands, including tributes to Billy Idol and Aerosmith. Upon examining online photos, the 42-year-old Adair reportedly “realized that the suspect’s drum set was the same configuration as his.”
Adair also determined that the person masquerading as Nickelback’s publicist named in the email order was actually Koenig’s girlfriend.
After police looked into the IP address for the order and tracked it to Koenig’s street address, he admitted writing the emails.
Koenig was arrested on two felony fraud counts and booked into the county jail — and not for the first time. According to court records, Koenig served more than two years in state prison following a 2009 conviction in connection with swiping around $100,000, which was raised during charity concert schemes.
Nickelback is due to begin a 44-date North American tour in late June.
Main photo: Lee Koenig [Port St. Lucie Police]