He also was carrying identification documents belonging to other persons.
A copy of the forged document (above) released by police shows a photo of Nicholson's face next to the signature of "Joao Pedro dos Santos" and a fingerprint.
"The document with the photo of the actor and other false identification were used to start a fictitious company and with it, also open a bank account," said Erivaldo Guerra, who leads the civil police investigation. "That way, he would use the limits on the cheques and the credit cards" to steal money.
source - AFP
Police said Freire de Barros already was being investigated for fraudulent activity when he was arrested.