Chikezie Eze is getting off easy.
The former American Idol finalist has been sentenced to community service after copping to an identity theft charge. Eze was busted back in February for using a stolen credit card to score two bottles of cologne at the Beverly Hills Nieman Marcus store.
Eze, 24, pleaded no contest today to the misdemeanor count in a plea deal with prosecutors. In turn, a second count of grand theft was dropped.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, the airport screener-turned-aspiring singer, who placed 10th on the seventh season of the hit Fox talent show, was sentenced to three years' probation in addition to the community labor. He was also ordered to keep out of Neiman's and use his true identifying information while on probation.
All this for $1,200 worth of cologne.
Guess Eze will have to settle for smelling like eau de curbside trash for the forseeable future.
Chikezie was probably hoping to make it into our Smells Like Celebrity photo gallery.