Designer to stars gets 4 years
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2012 2:22AM
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:02AM
A fashion designer who boasts he’s created outfits for stars including Oprah Winfrey and Diana Ross has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for ID theft.
Flamboyant serial con man Stevie Edwards, 47, has now been convicted of fraud three times.
But his capers haven’t gotten any tougher for the feds to crack — the fraudulent loans he obtained in his boyfriend Eugene Rivers’ name were made payable to his own South Loop boutique, “I Luv Stevie.”
Worse still, Rivers was in prison, serving a 20-year sentence for murder at the time.
“I know I messed up,” Edwards said at a sentencing hearing Thursday, urging Judge Matthew Kennelly to spare him so that he could resume his work.
But Kennelly told the designer that it was very rare for someone to be convicted three times in federal fraud cases. “At some point, the two-by-four that has repeatedly been smacked upside your head should make you think,” the judge said.