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Winner of MTV show ‘From G’s to Gents’ arrested in Gainesville September 19, 2012

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Fraud,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:33 pm

The winner of an MTV reality show called “From G’s to Gents” is in jail after police say he scammed two local Walmarts in a counterfeit money scheme.

“Creepa,” whose real name is Thaddeus Chaylon Martin, 28, from 4444 SW 20th Lane, was arrested on Friday.

Police charged him with two counts of fraud and one count of passing counterfeit bills – all felonies.

Here’s what happened, according to Gainesville Police spokesperson Angelina Valuri and an arrest report:

At around 9 a.m., Martin and a woman were inside the Super Walmart at 1800 NE 12 Ave. Martin gave the woman some money – which unbeknownst to her was counterfeit –  and asked her to buy a cell phone and a phone minute card.

Martin was seen on video with the woman “looking over her shoulder or watching her from 10-15 feet away” during the transaction.

At around 10:30 a.m., they went to the Walmart on Archer Road to return the items. They got $145 for the phone and card and left. A loss protection officer at Wal Mart notified police, and they investigated. When police told the woman the money was counterfeit, she had to be restrained by police because she tried to physically attack Martin. She was not arrested.

Martin was booked into Alachua County jail with a $7,500 bond for both charges, and bonded out on Sunday.

Martin was featured on the first season of “From G’s to Gents,” which ran from July to September of 2008. The show, from executive producer Jamie Foxx, aired its last episode in 2009.

According to its website, the show “schools diamonds in the rough on how to lose the front, learn self-respect, realize their self-worth and market themselves accordingly. The wannabe gentlemen learn everything from style and grace to etiquette and chivalry. The G’s discover that with the right tools, they can become true gents.”

According to court records, this isn’t the only time Martin’s been involved with police. On Sept. 9, University of Florida police charged Martin with driving on a suspended/revoked license, and in June of 2011, he plead guilty to defacing property.

Valuri said Martin was cooperative during his arrest.

“Although he was a complete gentleman during the course of our investigation,” she said, “his actions led him to the Alachua County jail.”

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