Florida Man Places $25000 Order Posing As Nickelback Drummer Daniel Adair

According to TC Palm [via Spin], a Florida man was arrested for attempting to impersonate Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair while purchasing some $25,000 United States dollars in musical equipment. The drummer and his team searched musicians in the Florida area listed in the billing address, finding Koenig, who has the same drum set-up as Adair.

Lee Howard Koenig, 45, was arrested Tuesday for stealing the identity of Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair and using it to buy $25,000 worth of microphones, which he directed to ship from Vienna, Austria to an address in Florida.

The case began January 19 when police learned from a band security specialist that Adair "had his identity used to fraudulently order drum parts from a company in Vienna, Austria", an affidavit said.

After the transaction went through, it came to light after Adair was notified of the hefty bill by a business rep for Nickelback - and after some sleuthing, they uncovered Koenig's dastardly plan.

"Essentially, when he placed the order in Austria, I guess at this level of band ... you have a lot of people that work for you", Detective Paul Griffith told TC Palm.

But when the Austrian company contacted the real Daniel Adair to confirm the order, the jig was up.

Investigators determined the email address used to place the order was not Adair's.

Griffith said Koenig did say he wanted to send Adair an apology letter. He was booked into the county jail and later released after posting $18,750 bond.

In 2009, Koenig (aka Mr. Wooky) was actually sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay $78,000 he fraudulently collected on behalf of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

  • Zachary Reyes