Antwon Tanner, one of the stars of the CW’s “One Tree Hill,” pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Federal court Friday to illegally selling Social Security numbers for $10,000.
The 34-year-old actor who plays Antwon “Skills” Taylor on the teen drama was arrested and charged back in April after officials said he sold 16 numbers and three fake cards to undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers during a sting operation in Brooklyn.
In court, Tanner told U.S. District Judge Carol Amon that he played a middleman in the identify theft scam and at the time was aware that what he was doing was illegal, because the numbers would be used to fraudulently acquire goods.
The “One Tree Hill” actor is also under investigation in California, prosecutors revealed in court Friday. The subject of that probe, however, was not identified.
Tanner faces up to a year in prison for his role in the identity theft scam.
The actor has appeared in the prime time drama for five seasons and divides his time between Los Angeles and Wilmington, N.C., where “One Tree Hill” is filmed.
Tanner has also appeared in the movie “Coach Carter” as well as the TV shows “Boston Public,” “CSI” and ” NYPD Blue.”