WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper who boasted in a music video about getting wealthy from committing unemployment fraud was arrested Friday in Los Angeles.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, was arrested on three felony counts of entry system fraud, aggravated id theft and interstate transportation of stolen property. Baines faces as much as 22 years in federal jail, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned. Federal prosecutors say that Baines and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained no less than 92 debit playing cards pre-loaded with greater than $1.2 million.
The unemployment debit playing cards had been issued within the names of third-parties, together with id theft victims, prosecutors mentioned. They mentioned the playing cards had been despatched to addresses to which Baines had entry in Beverly Hills and the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The schemers allegedly accessed greater than $704,000 of that cash via money withdrawals, the Los Angeles Each day Information reported.
Las Vegas police arrested Baines on Sept. 23 whereas he had eight debit playing cards in his possession, seven of which had been within the names of different individuals, in accordance with the affidavit.
Baines goes by the stage title Nuke Bizzle. In posts on Instagram underneath the accounts “nukebizzle1” and “nukebizzle23,” the rapper bragged extensively about his skill to defraud California’s Employment Growth Division. Baines additionally posted a music video on Youtube which has amassed greater than 400,000 views through which he boasts about getting “wealthy off of EDD.”
“Unemployment so candy,” Baines says within the video. “We had 1.5 land this week.” A second braggadocious rapper says: “You gotta promote cocaine, I can simply file a declare.”
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