Italian soccer legend drags lookalike to court for fraud

Italian legend, Andrea Pirlo, has sued his lookalike who pretended to be him for two years in order to receive free clothes and jewellery.

The man, who has been identified as 48-year-old former goldsmith Alessandro Palazzolo of Valenza, has been sued for fraud after being tracked and arrested by Turin police.

Pirlo, a former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder, filed a lawsuit in the Courts of Turin after repeatedly being asked to repay debts he had not accrued.

According to Gazzetto della Sport, police enquiries uncovered the identity thief, Palazzolo, after he deceived some shopkeepers in Turin, Brescia and Naples, asking for credits, discounts and other favours.

Palazzolo would never return to shops to pay for the expensive clothes.

He reportedly works with an accomplice who would equally take items for free.

According to Andrea Pirlo, “persistently being approached by duped dealers, who demand payment for goods I didn’t buy, was an unpleasant experience.”

Turin police eventually apprehended the identity thief and his accomplice on Tuesday by tracing telephone calls and gaining testimonies from traders.

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