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'Idol's' Chikezie Charged with Cologne Crime

3/29/2010 2:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Chikezie Eze did not pass the smell test with the L.A. County District Attorney, who has charged the "American Idol" castoff with the crime of attempted grand theft for allegedly trying to buy two bottles of cologne with fraudulent credit info.

Chikezie was arrested last February after trying to buy cologne at Neiman Marcus .... prosecutors say he fraudulently tried using credit information from a man named Willem Grandia.

And only at Neiman's would two bottles of cologne constitute grand theft -- the tab was $1,289.57.

In addition to the misdemeanor grand theft charge, the D.A. is prosecuting Chikezie for misdemeanor identity theft.


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first haha

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Indrid Cold    

Not his fault. He's black. He was...uhhhh...racially profiled! That's it! Racially profiled by the prejudiced cops. And if he IS convicted for this I think the judge should take note that he was FORCED to steal due to years of oppression at the hands of the white man. Whatever. It just isn't his fault...

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He deserves it... spending that amount for cologne.

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I'M not surprised!! he didn't belong at Neimans, when will they realize there are places they don't belong and will be caught, stay off Robertson too!

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He should've shopped back at the dollar store. They have knock-off colognes for cheap. You can use a lot of it to try and cover up the stench of failure. No offense.

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He was getting the smells for Jaafar Jackson so that they could tart up Princess Paris and sell her for "dates". The man just wants to make some coin, give him a break! At least he wasn't liften. Why you people always slammin the business dude?

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If your body stench is so bad it takes $$thousands$$ to cover up the smell then you need to check what the hell you are eating.

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oh yeah    

indreid cold.. yuo've got jokes haahhaa, but who knows there may hve been severel whites stealing and the same time and they got away with it because whites don't steal. they should not be racially profiled. when statistics shows tht the average shop lifter in a middle age white woman. then agian white men don't steal such trivial stuff. they steal in millions. enron... insurance companies...when a black man steal a cologne they say lets build more prisons. well hire more white prison officers so they and their kids can go on vacations.

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This clown is an embarrassment. He probably didn't think he was getting enough attention. Good thing TMZ picked up the story. It probably gets him all warm and fuzzy now, thinking that his life has purpose.

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Even though I actually watch American Idol, had no clue who this guy is. So I went to Wiki. Well, I got a list of his most recently downloaded songs. I also found out that he worked on an album that was never released. That was pretty much it. Maybe he tried to buy the colongne with fake credit because HE DOESN"T HAVE A JOB, so HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY MONEY. Maybe, instead of trying to steal, he should GET A JOB. Thank you.

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I'd just love to know what the brand and variety name of that cologne was.

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Uh...WTF....I don't know what the craziest part about this story is...identity theft, cologne, 1300.00 cologne...this world is going to hell....

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Ah..he's Black. It's in their blood to cheat,steal & so on. He can't help it. All around loser. We know now what he's really not good at...Singing & Stealing. Bring on the next Big Loser!!!

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