Police on hunt for parole violator with phony Motown act 

This Motown fake must stop! — in the name of the law, police say.

Sham songster Alan Young, 57, who poses as various Motown celebrities in order to con small-business owners, is being sought by San Francisco police for violating his parole.

The “clever” career criminal convinces “star-struck” business owners to wine, dine, house and entertain him, police said.

Cops say Young may be composing a hit-list of more victims in the Bay Area.



“We don’t want there to be any future incidents,” police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. “He needs to be captured.”

Police say Young is known to “feign a heart attack to avoid arrest,” police said.

In October, Young was accused of trying to con a San Francisco art gallery by claiming he was the famous Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier. Only days after the media reported the crime, Young was spotted and arrested at the Hyde-Out bar in Nob Hill.

Young has targeted businesses and individuals Bay Area-wide, police said.

Cops say the legendary fake is known to frequent hotel bars and restaurants “looking for his marks.” He also gets strangers to celebrate his sham birthday, police said.

“Young is very clever,” police said.

Police spokesman Albie Esparza said Young needs to be held accountable.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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