A blowhard rapper has been busted in Los Angeles after rapping in a music video about “getting rich” by fraudulently acquiring COVID-19 unemployment advantages, federal prosecutors stated.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, who goes by the stage identify “Nuke Bizzle,” was arrested Friday for making use of for greater than $1.2 million COVID-19 jobless aid funds in a scheme utilizing stolen identities, in response to the US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Central District of California.
Prosecutors allege Baines and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained not less than 92 pre-loaded debit playing cards underneath the names of different folks, together with identification theft victims, prosecutors stated.
They have been then despatched to addresses that Baines had entry to in Koreatown and Beverly Hills, prosecutors stated.
In posts on Instagram, the rapper boasted repeatedly about his capability to defraud California’s Employment Improvement Division.
Baines additionally shared a music video on YouTube titled “EDD” through which he raps about getting “rich off of EDD.”
Within the video, he factors to a stack of EDD envelopes and brags about getting wealthy by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these” – presumably a reference to the debit playing cards that have been issued within the scheme, prosecutors stated.
“Unemployment so sweet. We had 1.5 land this week,” Baines stated within the video, whereas one other rapper chimes in, “You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim.”
Baines faces three felony counts of entry gadget fraud, aggravated identification theft and interstate transportation of stolen property in connection to the scheme.
If convicted of the costs, he faces as much as 22 years in federal jail,