Lansing Man Poses As Saudi Prince

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

A Lansing man is behind bars for presenting himself as a member of the Saudi Royal family. From Miami to Beverly Hills and now Troy, Michigan, he racked up charges claiming to be a Saudi Prince.

His name is Anthony Enrique Gignac and apparently, he's the adopted son of a Lansing couple. It's unclear how long he lived in mid-Michigan or if he ever attended school in the area. News Ten has learned he was in the City of Lansing jail briefly in March of 2003. He was not arrested in Lansing, but he was held awaiting an arraignment for some type of embezzlement charge. There's no record of him ever being in Ingham County District Court.

Gignac was arrested at least nine times in the last 18 years. Most recently he was arrested in Troy after talking store clerks at the Somerset Collection into letting him charge nearly $30,000 worth of jewelry, clothing and perfume onto the store account of a real member of the Saudi royal family.

He pleaded guilty to credit card fraud in 2004, spent some time in prison and was paroled into federal custody last month. He now faces a federal charge of impersonating a foreign official. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit this week and also Friday, his hearings were postponed until Monday.


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