Hollywood Dreamer Dupes Nextel

This doesn't sound possible, and yet…

A guy already locked up in a U.S. jail posed as a number of Hollywood producers and persuaded Nextel Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTL) to ship hundreds of handsets to various locations for non-existent movie shoots, according to a report we read in the Los Angeles Times. No matter that Nextel believed him and that they sent the phones. How on earth did he manage to successfully place those calls while incarcerated? We're tempted to say he must have used a cell phone, but that would be toooo cheesy.

According to the report, 25-year-old James Sabatino made a number of interstate calls to Nextel from Westchester County Jail, during which he pretended to be various media executives from major studios, asking Nextel to send hundreds of phones to various locations to be used in films that were in production. His total haul was more than 1,000 handsets, the newspaper said. The details were presented by prosecutors in White Plains, N.Y., last week. Sabatino was already in the big house for assaulting a federal officer.

The whole thing is so ridiculous it'll probably be made into a TV movie.

— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung
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