“I Got Rich Off Of EDD:” Feds Bust LA Rapper For $1.2M Unemployment Scam Detailed In Music Video
Sat, 10/17/2020 – 15:40
A tidal wave of first-time jobless claims during the virus pandemic overwhelmed California’s computer systems, as it was a perfect opportunity for scammers to use stolen identities and file false claims.
This is precisely what happened in Los Angeles when a get-rich-quick unemployment benefits scheme netted one rapper more than $1.2 million, reported CBS Los Angeles.
The rapper, Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, who goes by “Nuke Bizzle,” was arrested Friday on federal charges for fraudulently receiving $1.2 million in unemployment insurance benefits under the CARES act.
“According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, Baines possessed and used debit cards preloaded with unemployment benefits administered by the California Employment Development Department,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The debit cards were issued in the names of third-parties, including identity theft victims. The applications for these debit cards listed addresses to which Baines had access in Beverly Hills and Koreatown,” federal prosecutors said in a news release.
Court documents pointed out Baines uploaded a music video titled “EDD” [Employment Development Department] on YouTube, which included the lyrics, “I got rich off of EDD” and “getting rich by [going] to the bank with a stack of these.”
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