Fake Saudi Prince gets 18 years in jail for $8 million fraud

The “fake” Saudi prince, who posed as Khalid Bin Al-Saud, has been identified as 48-year-old Anthony Gignac.

The accused has been sentenced to 18 years in jail. (Image used for representation

A man from Florida, who posed as a Saudi prince for nearly 30 years, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for cheating and manipulating countless people of over eight million dollars.

The fake Saudi prince, who posed as Khalid Bin Al-Saud, has been identified as 48-year-old Anthony Gignac.

Dozens of people deposited money into Anthony Gignac’s bank account, thinking that he would invest it.

The fake Saudi prince, however, would spend the money on private jets, yachts and designer clothes.

Gignac lived in Miami’s Fisher Island and drove a Ferrari with a forged diplomatic license plate. He was also surrounded by a number of bodyguards who also carried fake diplomatic papers.

While this continued for nearly three decades, the fraud was revealed when a real estate developer saw Anthony Gignac easing pork products that are generally off-limits for Muslims.

Gignac was arrested in November 2017 and charged with 18 counts. He was also charged with electronic fraud and aggravated identity theft.