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An Angel’s boyfriend was behind bars Tuesday night.

Oliver Ripley, hotelier and beau to Victoria’s Secret runway model Sara Sampaio, turned himself in to Manhattan authorities for allegedly trying to scam American Express out of roughly $50,000.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ripley made a false claim with the credit card company “with intent to defraud.”  

Ripley claimed that a May 3, 2018, charge on his American Express for $48,144.42 was fraudulent. But Assistant District Attorney Kelli Clancy wrote in a complaint that she believes the charge was made to pay taxes for Ripley’s apartment at 53 Warren Street in Manhattan.

The complaint goes on to say Ripley called the credit card company and “expressly denies” making the charge and even living at the apartment on Warren Street.

But Clancy wrote, “I am informed by [the New York Police Department’s] records that [Ripley] was issued a parking summons on Oct. 13, 2014, for defendant’s Ducati registered to his name and the address.”

The complaint goes on to state that Ripley’s assistant was instructed to make the payment with his American Express card.

Ripley was arraigned the same day on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and falsifying business records and released Tuesday night on his own recognizance.  

His hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

Ripley, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” according to his LinkedIn page, is chief executive officer and cofounder of hotel chain Habitas. The luxury hotels and clubhouses can be found in places like Namibia, Mexico, the Bahamas, California and New York City. Rooms start at around $300 a night.

Prior to his courtship with Sampaio, Ripley was married to model Jeisa Chiminazzo.

Ripley’s lawyer David Liston and representatives for American Express did not return requests for comment.  

UPDATE- Ripley’s attorney Roger Stavis confirmed on Thursday, April 18, 2019 that Ripley has been cleared of charges: “Oliver voluntarily cooperated with a full and complete investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office,” Stavis said in an email to WWD. “All of the original charges brought against Oliver were dismissed by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In order to reach an agreement that would conclude that matter quickly, Oliver agreed to a resolution of reckless behavior.”


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