“Illegal use of credit card”: Bellator debut winner Anthony Johnson charged with identity theft

Anthony Johnson was arrested and charged with identity theft in Connecticut following his debut in Bellator MMA.

The former UFC light heavyweight title contender recently scored his first win in Bellator.

According to police records, Johnson was detained by the New Canaan Police Department at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. He won his debut match against Jose Augusto at this site.

“The illegal use of the credit card was used to purchase a round-trip airline ticket from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) to Newark, NJ (EWR). The name of the passenger was Anthony Johnson,” the statement read.

“A subsequent Investigation determined Johnson used the illegally obtained credit card to purchase the airline ticket. An arrest warrant was obtained for Johnson for the above charges.”

Johnson was charged with identity theft after he illegally used a credit card. The former bodybuilder was later released on $500 bond.

In Connecticut, identity theft in the third degree is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine and probation.

Johnson is supposed to appear in court on June 8 to respond to the charges.

However, this is not Johnson’s run-in with the law. In 2009, he was arrested on misdemeanour charges, including domestic violence involving his ex-girlfriend.

“Rumble” was declared “indigent” roughly two years back, but managed to work his way back into shape for another shot at light heavyweight glory.

He certainly appeared to be on the right track with his debut win for Bellator MMA, but the latest charges imply otherwise. Johnson could face time until he is found innocent.

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