"Hipster Grifter" busted in Philly

May 5, 2009 3:46:15 PM PDT
Police have arrested a suspected con artist from the West in Center City.

Officers got a tip call that a woman named Kari Ferrell was located near 11th and Markets streets. They picked her up on Sunday night.

Police in Utah have issued five warrants for Farrell's arrest, for forgery and writing bad checks. Three of the warrants were felonies from Salt Lake City Police: 2 forgery and 1 writing bad checks. Two other warrants were from other locations in Utah. Her crimes total at least $60,000. Ferrell was added to Utah's "Most Wanted" list, and a wanted poster was issued by police.

Ferrell is due in court for an extradition hearing later today.

Last month, the website Gawker profiled Ferrell, calling her a "hipster grifter."

After she left Utah, she managed to get a job at an online magazine, according to the report, before someone there searched her name online and found out about the alleged crimes in Utah.

Ferrell has also issued an apology that has been e-mailed around to some of her victims, and printed in various online publications including The New York Observer There is also a video apology/message that Ferrell posted online, and you can see the "Hipster Grifter's" video by following this link.

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