Antwon Tanner, who stars on the CW’s “One Tree Hill,” turned himself in to federal authorities on Thursday (April 16) in connection with an identity fraud case.
The actor, who’s made numerous appearances on TV shows such as “The District,” “CSI,” and “NYPD Blue,” is accused of selling 16 Social Security numbers and three counterfeit cards to an unidentified man between December 2005 and July 2008.
The scam unraveled after the man who brought the fraudulent items from Tanner tried to sell them to an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Tanner provided his accomplice with the social security numbers of dead, living and imaginary individuals and in the process made thousands of dollars during the 2 1/2-year scam, all without ever meeting in person as the transactions were conducted by mail.
Tanner was released on $250,000 after entering a not guilty plea before a judge in Brooklyn Federal Court. He is expected back in court tomorrow (April 21) for his arraignment. If convicted the 34-year-old could get up to five years in prison.