Alan Young

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    December 21, 2012

    Here Are the 20 Dumbest Bay Area Crimes of 2012

    The year 2012 was a pretty stellar one for San Francisco. If you doubt us for a second, just think no farther than the San Francisco Giants World Series win. But amid the remarkable (sweeping baseball) moments -- like when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence crashing Sheriff Joe Arpaio's dinner in ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Motown Imposter Alan Young Arrested

    Alan Young, a veteran con man who has, repeatedly, passed himself off as singer-songwriter Lamont Dozier and other minor Motown celebrities, is back in custody. Police arrested Young, 59, at around midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning after an incident in a bar in which he approached a 35-year-o ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Motown Imposter Alan Young Accused of Trotting Out Old Con Act

    Back in 2010, local cops caught longtime con man Alan Young's well-worn act. In October of that year, Young was apprehended after a series of cons in which he portrayed himself as Motown singer/songwriter Lamont Dozier, and managed to separate money and goods from those charmed by his anecdotes. It ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Don't Be Fooled By Oakland's Alan Young -- Here's a Guide to the Motown Stars He Impersonates

    Bittersweet indeed.​As you may have heard, there's been a rash of misdemeanorly winings and dinings going on about town lately -- well, for the last couple of decades -- at the hands of one Alan Young, an Oakland sanitation worker with a knack for passing himself off as various Motown luminaries ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Alan Young Wanted -- Again -- for Impersonating Motown Celebrities You've Never Heard of

    This is Alan Young...​Ever heard of Cornelius Grant? Lamont Dozier? Unless you're an aficionado of Motown history, probably not. But impersonating these guys in the Bay Area is apparently a lucrative gig.Just ask Alan Young, the former Oakland sanitation worker who has been busted multiple times f ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Alan Young, Alleged Motown Grifter, Arrested

    Alan Young was stopped ... in the name of love​It's seven rooms of gloom for Alan Young, the alleged grifter charged with impersonating Motown stars and separating San Franciscans from their dollars. Young -- subject of a rollicking East Bay Express cover story back in 2002 when he was claiming to ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Alan Young, Alleged Motown Impostor, On San Francisco Tour

    Police hope Alan Young, accused of pretending to be a Motown legend, will stop ... in the name of love​SF Weekly heard it through the grapevine that an alleged con man who claims to be an obscure Motown celebrity -- and then preys upon individuals and businesses willing to shower a celebrity they ... More >>

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