TEHRAN, Iran -- A man with an uncanny resemblance to Iran's best-loved Olympic champion has been arrested for making $705,000 in scams by pretending to be the gold-medalist's brother, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
The Iran daily showed a photograph of a man who looked like
"Iranian Hercules" Hossein Rezazadeh.
Hailed as "the world's strongest man," Rezazadeh smashed the
world super-heavyweight weightlifting record to win gold in
Sydney in 2000 and repeated the feat in Athens.
"Investigations showed this man has been introducing himself
as Dr. Arman Rezazadeh, the half-brother of the Iranian
Hercules," the newspaper said.
"With this claim, he said he could exercise influence with
legal officials and in government bodies," it added.