A blowhard rapper has been busted in Los Angeles after rapping in a music video about “getting wealthy” by fraudulently acquiring COVID-19 unemployment advantages, federal prosecutors stated.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, who goes by the stage title “Nuke Bizzle,” was arrested Friday for making use of for greater than $1.2 million COVID-19 jobless reduction funds in a scheme utilizing stolen identities, according to the US Attorney’s Office 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 individuals, together with id theft victims, prosecutors stated.
They had 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 skill to defraud California’s Employment Improvement Division.
Baines additionally shared a music video on YouTube titled “EDD” wherein he raps about getting “wealthy off of EDD.”
Within the video, he factors to a stack of EDD envelopes and brags about getting wealthy by “go[ing] to the financial institution with a stack of those” – presumably a reference to the debit playing cards that had been issued within the scheme, prosecutors stated.
“Unemployment so candy. We had 1.5 land this week,” Baines stated within the video, whereas one other rapper chimes in, “You gotta promote cocaine, I can simply file a declare.”
Baines faces three felony counts of entry gadget fraud, aggravated id theft and interstate transportation of stolen property in connection to the scheme.
If convicted of the fees, he faces as much as 22 years in federal jail,