A San Fernando Valley man attempted to use a photo of his pet monkey alongside a Mexican newspaper to fool a court commissioner into believing the animal had been sent south of the border.
David Grigorian had been ordered to surrender his marmoset Cheeta because he did not have a permit for the animal.
The 43-year-old Van Nuys man was in court this week to show that the monkey was gone.
His proof: a photo of Cheeta beside a recently dated Mexican newspaper. Red, white and green decorations filled the background.
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He agreed to hand Cheeta over to Fish and Game officials and is due back in court next week to prove the monkey's really gone.