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'Scott Weiland'

MASSIVE Law Enforcement Screw Up

8/22/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Scott Weiland impostor was able to fool 3 BIG law enforcement agencies into believing he was the Stone Temple Pilots front man ... despite the fact he was fingerprinted immediately -- which was a dead giveaway -- and they even had his real name.

It's an unbelievable story and an incredible screw up.  Jason Hurley was arrested July 26 on burglary and meth charges. He told Beverly Hills cops he was Scott Weiland and that was good enough for them.

It's breathtaking ... because cops actually fingerprinted Hurley, which should have been enough for them to know it wasn't Weiland, who himself has been fingerprinted before.

And get this ... Hurley's prints came back as HURLEY. 

So, the first big screw up ... the press office apparently didn't know about the fingerprint results ... and wrote a press release touting a "celebrity arrest" -- Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.

Get this ... the D.A. charged Hurley almost immediately with 5 crimes.  The case is written as People v. Scott Weiland a.k.a. Jason Michael Hurley.  So somehow it got to the D.A. that Hurley was the guy, yet everyone kept saying it was Scott Weiland.

So Hurley went to L.A. County Jail -- where he's been sitting for 3 weeks -- and no one put 2 and 2 together.   

Cops didn't have a clue they had misidentified a guy who was in custody ...  until TMZ posted a story based on the BHPD press release and Scott fired back he was in a recording studio.

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42 COMMENTS

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16.

Dee    

What a mess and screw-up.

At least it's good to know that the real Scott Wieland hadn't resorted to stealing razor blades.

65 days ago
17.

fresera    

How many stories will TMZ post in their desperate attempt to cover up their failed story? Give it up guys. Egg is all over your face and your incessant, blabbering posts are making it worse.

65 days ago
18.

CountryGal    

Quit screaming about lawsuits you morons. Not everything is a lawsuit. Scott should be happy he's in the news at all. Most people have forgotten him.

65 days ago
19.

Fred    

Of course, the parasites at TMZ are gonna pass the buck when they f*ck up. That's how that slimballe Harvey works.

65 days ago
20.

bring back recent posts    

Where is Kanye's mugshot?

65 days ago
21.

RUfreakinkiddingme    

So if I LOOK like someone the cops are supposed to believe me?!?!? Wtf is wrong with these people??!!

65 days ago
22.

Bossy Potato    

Next time tmz, call up Scott's team to confirm before you release the story!

65 days ago
23.

ElPresidente    

Cops are idiots! Just FN idiots!

65 days ago
24.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

I had no idea that police depts. published media alerts for celebrities. Am I reading this correctly? Who exactly decides on who is a celebrity? Very strange.

65 days ago
25.

its me    

next time pick a celebrity with out a record

65 days ago
26.

Chitwn96    

Idiot

65 days ago
27.

scott    

How about changing your title to "Massive TMZ Screw Up".

65 days ago
28.

PokerStar    

FYI, The Department of Justice receives fingerprints. It's up to the arresting agency to request their results for an immediate ID.

Most people are fingerprinted during the booking process at the jail ;-)

65 days ago
29.

RB821    

Love how people think being famous it's ok do to stupid sh#it, like break the law in many ways. They have millions and they still apparently are not happy with their lives. In which they turn to drugs or drink and driving. Let alone get cautght. Can't feel bad for stupid people. ........

64 days ago
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