Nicholas Brendon arrested for prescription pill fraud in Indiana

Troubled Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon is arrested for ‘fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs’ after being pulled over for ‘swerving all over the road’

  • Police in Indiana allege Brendon used a false name to purchase prescription pills
  • When an officer pulled him over after observing him drive erratically last Wednesday, he gave him and ID from California with the name Kelton Schultz
  • He also appeared to be sweating, and ‘appeared nervous due to visibly racing pulse on his neck and shaking hands’
  • Police also say they discovered multiple bags with a ‘crystal/powder’ residue
  • They also allegedly found prescriptions filled for Schultz in his car
  • Finally, Brendon allegedly admitted he was not actual Schultz 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds star Nicholas Brendon was charged with fraud in Indiana last week for allegedly buying prescription pills using a false identity.

Police arrested Brendon after they allegedly observed him in a silver Dodge Journey, failing to signal and driving erratically as he swerved across the road in Vigo County, Indiana early Wednesday morning.

After pulling him over, an officer with the Terre Haute Police Department said they noticed that he was sweating heavily, and that he, ‘appeared nervous due to visibly racing pulse on his neck and shaking hands.’

Police said that when the officer asked for ID, Brendon gave a California card with the name Kelton Schultz.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Criminal Minds star Nicholas Brendon was charged with fraudulently buying prescription pills. He is pictured in his August 2021 mugshot 

After checking the ID, the officer discovered that Schultz and Brendon shared the same birthday, and that his previous record indicated he might have ‘violent tendencies.’ 

Brendon was previously sentenced to three year probation in February 2020, after pleading guilty to domestic battery for attacking his girlfriend at Palm Springs hotel in 2017. 

On Wednesday, officers pulled him over and searched the car, discovering a ‘small plastic bag that contained crystal/powder residue’ along with a pill bottle prescribed to ‘Nicholas Bender’ on the passenger seat. 

The officer, suspecting methamphetamine and cocaine use, then called in a drug detection dog after seeing signs – such as cut-up carpet and recently removed interior panels – that the vehicle might have been used in drug trafficking.

The dog discovered several more plastic bags containing ‘residue’ as well as prescription for amphetamine salts filled just earlier in the day and prescribed to Kelton Shultz. 

When the officer referred to Brendon by his actual first name he allegedly replied ‘yeah?’ and the officer then asked him why he hadn’t identified himself by his real name.  

Brendon, who shot to fame in the Joss Wheedon hit TV show, has had numerous run-ins with the law since he left the show 

Brendon allegedly told the officer that Schultz was his twin brother before finally admitting that his real name was Nicholas. 

In addition to fraud, Brendon was charged with failure to properly identify himself to and officer. 

His attorney, Christopher Esker, declined to comment during ongoing litigation. 

It’s not the first time the actor has been arrested and charged over alcohol-fueled incidents. 

In 2010, Brendon was tasered by Los Angeles police after they responded to a call regarding drunken behavior. 

He was later charged with one count of resisting arrest, two counts of battery against a police officer, and one count of vandalism. 

The star pleaded no contest to the charges and received a one-year suspended jail sentence after checking into a Malibu treatment center.

However, Brendon’s legal troubles kicked off again in 2014 when he was arrested for allegedly trashing a hotel room in Idaho.  

Nicholas Brendon showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested in Boise, Idaho on Friday following a hotel disturbance in October 2014

In September 2015, he was arrested by the Saratoga Springs Police Department after another fight with his girlfriend

In this handout provided by the Palm Springs Police Department, Nicholas Brendon poses for his mugshot after being arrested on domestic violence charges on October 11, 2017 in Palm Springs, California

 In 2015, he was again arrested for trashing a hotel room, this time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  

Later that year, he was charged for attacking a woman in an upstate New York hotel room. 

He was charged with felony third-degree robbery, criminal mischief and obstruction of breathing, according to NBC News. 

In 2017, he was arrested on domestic violence charges.

Brendon has since appeared on Dr Phil, speaking candidly about his battles with alcoholism and depression. 

He is famous for having played Xander Harris in all 145 episodes of Buffy from 1997 until 2003. 

The actor last had a recurring role on the hit MTV sitcom Faking It, which wrapped in 2016.  

Starred alongside an ensemble cast in Buffy the Vampire slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003


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