An Indiana man has landed himself in jail and is facing two felony charges for pretending to be Brantley Gilbert.
Thomas M. Barth told a sign company in Warsaw, Indiana and a man in Winona Lake that he was the agent and photographer for Brantley. The Journal Gazette reported that the Warsaw Police Department said Barth then sent emails and texts to both parties as if he was Brantley Gilbert.
Barth received more than $8,000 of items from the sign company over the past few months. He also allegedly received around $4,000 in music and electronic equipment from the Winona Lake man. Much of the merchandise was recovered and the police report that it does not appear that anyone else was involved in the incident.
According to the police report, Gilbert and his managers said they had received numerous complaints about Barth in the past few months and told him to stop misrepresenting himself as being affiliated with the band.
Barth is currently facing two counts of felony theft and is due back in court on May 24.
Brantley is currently a nominee for a 2012 CMT Music Award in the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year category for “Country Must Be Country Wide.”
– Steve Wiseman / 99.5 WYCD