A rapper who bragged in a well-liked music video about getting wealthy from an unemployment rip-off was arrested Friday on federal prices, MTO Information has discovered. The rapper, Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., has been accused of fraudulently making use of for greater than $1.2 million in jobless advantages, the Division Of Justice officers mentioned.
Fontrell is thought on-line as Nuke Bizzle, and he is a extremely popular rapper. Nuke Bizzle was final arrested on Sept. 23 in Las Vegas, and police discovered eight EDD debit playing cards on him, seven of which have been within the names of different folks, in accordance with an affidavit filed with the prison grievance.
Weeks earlier than that arrest, Nuke Bizzle had already snitched on himself, by making a music referred to as EDD. EDD is California’s Unemployment advantages program below its Employment Improvement Division.
MTO Information obtained a video of Nuke Bizzle, the place he rapped about doing “my swagger for EDD” and getting wealthy by “go[ing] to the financial institution with a stack of those” whereas holding up a number of envelopes from EDD. A second man within the video raps, “you gotta promote cocaine, I simply file a declare…”
In line with the affidavit, the investigation turned up not less than 92 EDD debit playing cards preloaded with greater than $1.2 million in fraudulently obtained advantages mailed to addresses that Baines had entry to in Beverly Hills and Koreatown. Federal investigators say Baines and his co-schemers allegedly withdrew or spent greater than $704,000 in money from these playing cards.
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Nuke Bizzle has been charged with entry machine fraud, aggravated id theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted as charged, he faces a statutory most sentence of 22 years in federal jail.