View Full Version : Police say Steeler impersonator at it again

08-25-2006, 02:00 PM
Police say Steeler impersonator at it again
Friday, August 25, 2006

A man previously charged with impersonating Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get dates is now accused of stealing $3,200 from another woman by telling her he was another player on the team, tight end Jerame Tuman.

Brian Jackson, 32, of Brentwood, was charged with theft by deception for borrowing the money and never repaying it. The woman lent the money to Jackson because she believed he was Tuman, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said.

Last year, Jackson was charged with impersonating Roethlisberger and his then-backup, Brian St. Pierre, to meet and date women. Jackson was ordered to undergo psychological counseling and sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

The woman in the latest case did not realize she was duped until she wrote Tuman asking him to repay the money. Tuman turned the matter over to the team, which referred her to Tuman's picture on the team's Web site.

When the woman learned Tuman was not the man she knew, a team official helped her find a news article about Jackson -- and she recognized him as the man she was dating, authorities said.

Jackson does not have a listed telephone and did not have an attorney when he was arraigned late Wednesday, district attorney's spokesman Mike Manko said today.

The charge he faces this time is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Investigators gave the following account in a criminal complaint:

The woman said she met Jackson through a mutual friend in March and that Jackson introduced himself as Tuman. Over the next four weeks, Jackson borrowed money after telling her various tales.

The woman said she lent Jackson $200 after he told her he misplaced his wallet and needed some quick cash so he could accompany some Steelers teammates to a West Virginia race track and casino.

In early April, Jackson told the woman that his ex-wife or girlfriend had frozen his bank accounts in a child-support dispute. When she offered to write him a check, he asked for cash and got $1,800 from her.

Later that month, Jackson told the woman that he wanted to "treat" himself to new rims for his truck because of his child-support woes. The woman said she lent him money after Jackson told her he could not use his credit card because it could be used against him in the supposed child-support dispute.


08-25-2006, 02:02 PM
Can someone in this town REALLY get away with impersonating a Steeler???

Not hard to find a pic of any of them...ya know???

:cool: :cool:

08-25-2006, 02:20 PM
What amazes me is .... < ----- shakes head in disbelief , nevermind

08-25-2006, 02:36 PM
i saw a picture of ths guy he looks nothin like Tuman or Big Ben
if she didnt know wht they looked like how would she recognize the name when she told him who he was?

08-25-2006, 02:48 PM
i saw a picture of ths guy he looks nothin like Tuman or Big Ben
if she didnt know wht they looked like how would she recognize the name when she told him who he was?

I'm a football player = $$$. That's all she needed to know.

Faces really don't matter.

08-25-2006, 03:02 PM
Yeah but in a city that eat, sleeps, drinks, and educates on football, you would think that she would know the #1 QB, it's not like his face isn't posted all over the city in some way, shape or form.
I could almost let it go that she wouldn't recognize Tuman.
But here's the other thing...how often do these guys really go out in public (without a posse) and would they really go up to a girl out of nowhere.
And finally, why would you give him money?

08-25-2006, 03:07 PM
It's hard to have any sympathy for any one who allows themselves to be duped that badly, multiple times.

You know, maybe once you didn't get the first $200 back, you should have been clued in. If the guy was really an NFL player, he'd easily be able to return $200.

Livinginthe past
08-25-2006, 03:07 PM
Wow. Karma in action.

Listen, I have this cousin in Africa and he has all this money tied up in an account...now what he needs you to do is...

Is this only happening in Pittsburgh I havent head about this type of thing happening in any other football cities?


08-25-2006, 04:16 PM
This chick is dumber than a bag of hammers- holy moly! :rolleyes: Like stlrtruck said - it's not like the Steelers' faces aren't seen somewhere in the Burgh - on a billboard, media guide, interviews, magazines, etc.

This guy lives in my borough? Ughhhh. :yikes:

08-25-2006, 05:05 PM
I would of at least googled him before I gave him money!

08-25-2006, 05:44 PM
There's a sucker born everyday I guess. Anyone with an IQ of 60 or higher (i.e horse, dog, cat, pig, bengalfan) would have known that professional athletes go hand in hand with $$$$$$. What rock was she living under?

08-25-2006, 05:52 PM
On another note, 83... congrats on the new role of Super Moderator. I'm sure your knowledge and wisdom will help in preserving the integrity of this site.

08-25-2006, 06:37 PM
Thanks brother. :smile: