Steve Irwin's Friend Slams Fraudulent Profiteers

A close friend of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin said Saturday that he was appalled at reports of people illegally cashing in on the exuberant entertainer's legacy.

A 20-year-old woman was arrested and accused of selling fake Steve Irwin stickers she said were to raise money for his Wildlife Warriors fund, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday.

The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, appeared in court early Saturday and was fined, the ABC said.

Irwin's close friend and manager, John Stainton, said he was devastated by reports that some people were using the entertainer's profile to turn a profit.

"Steve would be absolutely appalled by this," Stainton told ABC radio.

Irwin was killed Sept. 4 when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray's barb while filming a new TV show off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.