Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested in Fairfield County on Friday, shortly after scoring a knockout victory in his promotional debut.
Johnson overcame a rocky start to defeat Jose Augusto with a second-round KO at Bellator 258.
The Bellator light heavyweight was arrested on suspected third-degree identity theft for allegedly purchasing an airline ticket with an unauthorized credit card.
“On 11/09/2019 the New Canaan Police took a complainant regarding a victim having their credit card being used by a third party without permission,” New Canaan police stated in the arrest record for Johnson.
“The illegal use of the credit card was used to purchase a round-trip airline ticket from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) to Newark, NJ (EWR). The name of the passenger was Anthony Johnson. A subsequent Investigation determined Johnson used the illegally obtained credit card to purchase the airline ticket. An arrest warrant was obtained for Johnson for the above charges.”
Police records show Johnson made bail and was released. He has a court date scheduled for June 8.
In Connecticut, identity theft in the third degree is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine and probation.
Johnson is due to face Russian reigning light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov in his Bellator grand prix semi-final in July, with the winner of the tournament picking up a $1 million prize.