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The site, which is packed with romantic scenes of waterfalls, flowers and sunsets, also includes religious references, inspirational sayings, sweepstake contests and a crew roster. The "Dreamteam" photographer is Storme's longtime boyfriend, Amundson says, and the makeup artist is Storme's sister.
There's even a biography of Storme, who's described as a blond, green-eyed nineteen-year-old standing five foot ten, with a 38-inch bust and a 24-inch waist.
"Storme was twelve years of age the first time she stepped through the looking glass," the bio reads. "An aspiring Little League hockey player, her parents were having photos taken for the family scrapbook, when the make-up artist decided it would be fun to give her the works. When Storme saw the pictures, which made her look twice her age, she burst into tears. Fashion editors had quite the opposite reaction, and Storme's exquisite features made her a top model before she was a teenager."
But like Storme's bustline, the biography, paraphernalia and many of the photos -- particularly the swimsuit shots -- are fakes, Amundson says. And those that aren't have probably been airbrushed or enhanced by computer.
The detective punches up an image of Storme in a bikini, showing plenty of cleavage. "That's definitely not real," Amundson says. And he should know: He asked Storme in person if he'd undergone transsexual surgery, and the answer was no. Police records and court documents also identify Storme as a male.
"He's one of those people who thinks he's a man trapped in a woman's body and is fine with it," Amundson says.
Although it's against copyright laws to digitally paste one head on another body, few modeling agencies are able to monitor frequently changing Internet sites. But last year, Victoria's Secret successfully closed down another one of Storme's Web pages after the company noticed that the body of one of its models had been topped by Storme's disguised mug. Kathy Ireland also has sued to keep Storme from making any more claims about being a family relation, Amundson says.
Storme's Web page is currently promoting the "Millennium Tour 2000," which will take the supermodel and Dreamteam crew to Tahiti, Morea and Edit on June 18, June 30 and July 7. "It's one of those deals that whenever he goes along on one of his trips, he finds two or three victims along the way," Amundson says. "He looks for people who have stars in their eyes and clouds in their heads. We're all gullible. We all want to believe someone is telling us the truth. And he tries really hard to portray himself as a woman. He wears falsies. He has a swishy walk. His voice is very soft and higher-pitched. Unless you've got a reason to doubt, why check it out? And how would you get ahold of Kathy Ireland, anyway? If I were a nineteen-year-old photographer and I had a chance to work with a supermodel, I might have jumped on this myself."
The gender-bending itself is not the problem, Amundson says. "If he's going to Tahiti, portraying himself as a supermodel and paying the bills, no one cares," the detective continues. "There's nothing criminal about that. And there's nothing wrong with playing a lady and succeeding. If this were a woman claiming to be a supermodel and running scams, we'd go after her just as hard. It's what he's doing with it. If he wants to keep dressing as a lady, that's his business, but he's got to keep away from the criminal activity."
When Amundson finally busted Storme last winter, it didn't have anything to do with falsies or fashion calendars, Web sites or lost dignity. Storme was tripped up by simple check kiting.
In December, Storme opened an account at the Digital Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs using his mother as a sponsor. Within a few weeks, Storme allegedly had deposited in that account three $20,000 checks from an Ent Federal Credit Union account -- one that had been closed two months earlier for insufficient funds.
Storme then withdrew cash with his ATM and debit card and made payments on his Mustang. He also bought $2,000 in traveler's checks and $7,000 in airline tickets for his boyfriend and another Dreamteam member to use during the Tahiti photo session. In all, Storme is accused of passing $185,000 in hot checks -- some of which were created on a home computer -- and pocketing $30,000.
Storme was arrested on January 21 after two Secret Service agents -- who'd investigated him before -- spotted the supermodel and his entourage at a Colorado Springs shopping center. Tipped off by the agents, Amundson and his partner clamped the cuffs on Storme outside a Party America shop. Storme was carrying $1,100 in cash that he'd gotten from the credit union.
During an interview with Amundson, Storme said he thought his old Ent account was still open; a business associate was supposed to have been making regular deposits. Amundson tracked down the so-called associate, who had met Storme at a bar and thought he was a woman. The man said he knew nothing about the Ent account or any business association with Storme. (In fact, Amundson had to break it to the man that Storme may have opened two American Express accounts under his name.) Storme's mother knew nothing about the scheme, Amundson says. But detectives had Storme's signature on bogus checks, videotape from Digital and witnesses at Ent who said Storme knew the account was closed.