SoHo Man Posing as Austrian Prince Arrested For Michigan Child Support Flap

By Ben Fractenberg on July 12, 2010 10:50am 

Josef Meyers, who posed as an Austrian Prince, was arrested in Manhattan after failing to pay child support on May 17, 2010.
Josef Meyers, who posed as an Austrian Prince, was arrested in Manhattan after failing to pay child support on May 17, 2010.
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Oakland County Sheriff's Department

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

SOHO — An alleged con artist has been arrested after leading a double life in SoHo posing as an Austrian prince named “Josef von Habsburg-Lothringen,” the New York Post reported Monday.

Josef Meyers, 50, was reportedly arrested in Manhattan on May 17 and taken back to his home state of Michigan after failing to pay $200,000 in child support to his first wife and children.

Meyers, who allegedly funded his extravagant lifestyle working as an FBI informant, lived with his second wife and three children in a loft on Broome Street.

"He would walk around SoHo in banker-style suits. It was always very preppy with expensive, intellectual-looking spectacles," an unnamed source told the Post. "Sometimes he would even wear a cordless hair dryer on his belt like it was a gun."

Federal marshals reportedly arrested Meyers while he was hiding out in a one-bedroom apartment in Battery Park City. 

Meyers is currently awaiting trial in Michigan’s Oakland County Circuit Court.


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