A Manitoba woman is alleged to be at the heart of a case of catfishing that roped in an NBA champion and has resulted in charges of child pornography and extortion.
RCMP say Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, of Easterville, Man., is facing numerous charges in connection with a case of identity theft that involved Chris (Birdman) Andersen and dates back more than a year.
Sgt. Line Karpish said officials in Colorado, where Andersen once played for the Denver Nuggets, contacted the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit in May 2012.
Chartier is alleged to have posed online as both Andersen and as a California woman in an attempt to create a romantic connection to use as a vehicle to extort money and goods from the popular tattooed NBA star.
Chartier allegedly had the then-17-year-old California woman send Andersen nude photos and claimed she was 21.