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‘Hipster Grifter’ Kari Ferrell back with book deal

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Who says crime doesn’t pay?

So-called “Hipster Grifter” Kari Ferrell — who scammed her manner by way of Brooklyn within the aughts, working for Vice whereas writing dangerous checks — is ready to make her comeback with a e-book deal.

Phrase on the SXSW competition in Austin is that Ferrell is cashing in on the latest public fascination with rip-off artists like fake German heiress Anna Sorokin (aka Anna Delvey), Fyre Competition’s Billy McFarland and “Tinder Swindler” Simon Leviev.

Sorokin is presently the topic of Netflix’s hit present “Inventing Anna,” whereas McFarland was on the heart of two competing standard documentaries from Netflix and Hulu.

In the meantime, Leviev reportedly took in $30,000 on Cameo simply three days after “The Tinder Swindler” premiered on Netflix – purportedly from folks asking for birthday messages and to be advised “my enemies are after me.”

The general public can’t appear to get sufficient of those scorching younger criminals. “Grifters are scorching proper now,” says our insider.

Cue the “Hipster Grifter.”

Based on our supply, there may be strong buzz that Ferrell has managed to attain herself a e-book deal and is in talks for a TV present.

Ferrell – who generally referred to as herself “Korean Abdul-Jabbar” (a play on NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s moniker) – was acknowledged by many for the large Phoenix tattoo she has on her chest, in addition to ink proclaiming “I really like beards.”

"Hipster Grifter" Kari Ferrell at a New York fashion party
“Hipster Grifter” Ferrell is able to money in on the present fascination with rip-off artists.
Patrick McMullan

She was arrested for fraud in Salt Lake Metropolis in 2008, however skipped out on her $60,000 bail to maneuver to Brooklyn. There, she scammed varied associates and males who expressed a liking to her with dangerous checks. She additionally claimed to have cancer.

Ferrell labored for Vice briefly earlier than the corporate found she was on Salt Lake Metropolis’s “Most Wished” checklist.

“When the time comes so that you can tackle a brand new administrative assistant, attempt plugging your potential worker’s identify into this new web dealie referred to as Google to ensure she doesn’t have any less-than-desirable traits, like, say, 5 excellent warrants for fraud in Utah the place she additionally faked quite a few abortions and was run out of city after incomes a colourful nickname resembling ‘The Filth,’” reads an article on Vice from 2009 titled “Department of Oopsies! – We Hired a Grifter.

Ferrell was arrested in Philadelphia in Could 2009. She was taken again to Utah the place she pleaded responsible to forgery and an amended cost of tried forgery. She was sentenced to nine months in jail.

She popped up within the metropolis once more in 2018, making an attempt to lie her manner into designer reveals throughout New York Trend Week by posing as a staffer for style web site Refinery29.

The “Hipster Grifter” appears to be back in New York City
Watch your wallets. Farrell seems to be again in NYC.

Ferrell has been Instagramming underneath the identify “hotdoghandjobs,” primarily based on two not-suitable-for-work quotes that she became known for throughout her time being breathlessly chronicled by Gawker.

She seems to be residing again in New York and has been married for 10 years.

“I’ve performed a whole lot of characters in my life: adoptee, Mormon, felon, manic pixie nightmare, author (of fine articles and dangerous checks), company lackey, inmate, sexual deviant, viral story, dangerous position mannequin minority, the checklist goes on and on,” she captioned a series of pics in January.

“Over the previous 13 years I’ve really turn into greater than the sum of my components. I’ve put a whole lot of work into myself and have been in a position so as to add activist, educator, nice good friend, loving spouse, creator, and plenty of extra positives to the checklist.”

She concluded, “2022 is about reclaiming my narrative, proving that individuals are able to actual change, and preventing to ensure others are given the possibility. Keep tuned.”


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