Former Fugees star Pras Michel has been charged with illegally funneling large foreign donations to a major U.S. presidential campaign in 2012.

In a four-count indictment obtained by, the musician, real name Prakazrel Michel, is accused of conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho to conceal millions in foreign campaign contributions to a U.S. presidential candidate's re-election campaign.

In January, Michel, 46, challenged the federal seizure of $37.5 million from his bank accounts at multiple banks.

The federal seizures were part of a federal investigation into a multi-billion dollar money laundering scheme involving Kimora Lee's husband, Tim Leissner, and Low Taek Jho.

Prosecutors claim Low, who is still at large, allegedly deposited millions of dollars into Pras Michel's bank accounts in order to funnel money directly into a presidential re-election campaign n 2012.

Michel then allegedly paid straw donors to pretend to be real donors making large cash contributions to the campaign for the purpose of concealing where the money actually came from.

Michel's lawyer denied the allegations in a statement.

"Mr. Michel is extremely disappointed that so many years after the fact the government would bring charges related to 2012 campaign contributions," Barry Pollack tells Billboard. "Mr. Michel is innocent of these charges and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury."

The politician who benefited from the alleged scheme was not charged in the indictment, but other media outlets have identified the politician as former President Barack Obama.

In 2013, then-President Obama's campaign committee was fined for hiding big campaign donors and keeping illegal contributions.

Obama was not required to disclose the sources of his campaign contributions because he turned down taxpayer money for his re-election campaign. But he was required to report donations over $1,000 within 2 days after they were received or within 20 days of Election Day.

An audit in 2013 found that Obama's campaign failed to disclose 1,312 contributions totaling $1.3 million. According to Obama's campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, more than $750 million was raised for Obama's 2012 re-election from more than 4 million Americans.

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  • Li-Wright

    This funneling of money to Obama's campaign through 3rd and 4th parties makes no sense. With that kind of money you can buy an island. Why would anyone risk breaking a federal law to support a black candidate - and I mean MILLIONS of dollars. Makes no sense. Was there something supposed to be given in exchange for the support? Was Obama supposed to be favorable toward one country?

  • the guest

    This is just a pressure tactic in attempt to get Pras to disclose Low’s whereabouts.

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  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Kimora should have stayed married to Russell Simmons she ain’t done well since

  • Mielle Downey

    This doesn't surprise me. The cult of Omaba supporters are a bunch of crooks and so was his administration.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly. They're acting like 0bama was supposed to buy Haiti.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    At least he's not scared to show his tax returns.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Well I bet this will be all over Fox Nonews in 5 4 3 2 ....

  • BogartKing

    The government continues to bring charges on black men but goofball broads like Felicity Hoffman might get off Scott free

  • Bree

    Completely forgot Kimora was married. I have a hard time understanding why people take these kind of risks against the federal government. It is simply not worth it and now Low is at large, while Pras is being targeted. This is insane. I guess they believe he will reveal Low's whereabouts.

  • Rhondalousey

    Seriously ...all this crap Chump got going on and they're still grasping at straws with Obama? I hate america.

  • Jethro

    This has nothing to do with President Barack Obama or his reelection campaign, now back to your hero and corrupt-from-day-one squatter in the white house, Benedict Donald.

  • Jethro

    And their favorite go-to, Hillary. ???

  • Jethro

    Delusional isn't strong enough word to describe your post. ?

  • Elevated Soul

    This is what happens when people worship another person.

    Obama said nothing when his SOS & hubby stole from Haiti yet Haitian Pras committed a federal crime,to be accepted by a half Kenyan who showed no allegiance to any Black person,no matter where they were from.Obama is a master manipulator who cared nothing for Black people but many Blacks thought he did because of his photo ops with Black celebrities.

    I wonder if Obama will try to help him? I wonder how much money did Obama have funneled to himself....Obama was and is so corrupt but many of his worshipers will continue to project their ignorance onto others.

  • Chicagowise

    I'm in the wrong business. ?

  • Mielle Downey

    So when will he show them?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Pras HAS NOT aged one bit since The Fugees.

  • Mielle Downey

    The only delusional people are liberals and the nothing burger that they spent 35 million of tax payers dollars on a prayer and a dream that DJT was somehow a Russian agent. I hope the tinfoil is not hurt your weak mind?

  • Mielle Downey

    I am an ADOS and I am tired of other people with my skin color and who don't share my experience pandering to me. Kamala Harris comes to mind and a fear she will do the same things to black people if elected. She gutted the black community of black men during her term as AG. Black people have short term memory problems.

  • Elevated Soul

    Exactly and this is why I do not do "identity politics".

  • Jethro

    Keep yapping, tRumpie. People not like you will have the last laugh. ???

  • Mielle Downey

    Are you on another planet or did you not hear the laughing at the you and your tinfoil hat wearing Russian hoax defenders?Keep being you because we keep winning loser.

  • Mielle Downey

    Me neither because it seems they want to divide you so that they can control their agenda.

  • Jethro

    Let me get this straight...

    Republicans investigated Hillary for four years and found nothing, but still insist that she's guilty.

    But Mueller investigates tRump for a year, gets 23 indictments and 5 guilty pleas, but Republicans insist that tRump is innocent?

    There's your "nothing burger", tRumpie. The clock is ticking and I'm ??? in advance.

  • Mielle Downey

    No homey the clown didn't investigate Hilda beast because Loretta told him not to and that is was a matter. Why don't you rap you weak mind around the fact that hilda beast and her cohorts destroyed 3 blackberries, 3 laptops and 4 or 5 servers with information pertaining to her crimes. If she was innocent why destroy the evidence clearing her? Stop making yourself look even more stupid than your avatar.

  • Jethro

    Wait, are you telling me Hillary wasn't investigated for 4 straight years??? LMBAO!!! Then what were the Benghazi hearings a result of? You're even more delusional than I thought! Show proof of any evidence destruction, tRumpie. They found, nothing and you have nothing. Sit your conspiracy theory buying azz down, fool! ??? All of you fools spout the same garbage. ???

  • Mielle Downey

    According to FBI documents made public in 2016, one of Clinton's aides twice disposed of her old mobile devices by "breaking them in half or destroying them with a hammer."

  • Jethro

    Cite your evidence. I don't believe anything a tRumpie says without proof.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Obama ain got shidt tew dew wiff dis. Try again

  • Alextra Ballard

    Obama ain got shidt tew dew wiff dis. Try again

  • MsPam

    Say what?! His first name is?! ??????

  • B.Loveitt

    So and...let's deal with who's in office now.


  • Mielle Downey

    Why dont you take your head out of your behind and look at what the universe is handing you liberals. Hilda beast was a woodland troll who was not fit to be manger of Walmart. Thanks to God we miss that bullet .

  • I Run New York

    Trump spear headed this investigation. He's so vindictive.

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  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I though he was the smart one of all tree of them, guess not

  • Jethro

    In other words you can't cite your evidence. No surprises there. ??? Have a nice day, lying tRump supporter. <- That's called an oxymoron because there is no other type of tRump supporter except a lying one. ??? Oh, and like him you're all morons.

  • TransMichelle

    GREAT! Now the real sh*t is starting to come out. All that they were accusing The Donald of doing these clowns were doing. Come to find out Odumba is the head of the whole collusion to overthrow a sitting president. Heads are going to roll. Mueller, Comey, Hillary, Odumba, Rosenstein, Pelosi, all the liberal driven corrupt destroyers of this country are going to have their day. Just think they are now looking into who started the whole Sh/t with the FISA warrant and the phony dossier. You see, Mueller knew from the beginning there was no collusion. What fools they are. Unfortunately, our so-called first black president turned out to be a loser. A bona-fide lackey, a punk not even worth one-black-vote. Now get ready for a bunch of false flags and more hoopla as the main stream media and the REAL criminals try to divert from what's really happening to their azzes. Justice is coming folks. Those still in delusion might kill themselves because it's going to be shocking. Spoiler: Rumor has it that Odumba could be charged with treason and stripped of his presidency. Yes, folks it's that deep. I'm done BYE TOODLES CIAO

  • Kay J

    Pras looks better than I thought he would now. Aged very good!

  • tintin

    Is Pras caking like that???

  • R Smith

    ...a nothing Burger is what they call it, right?

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Many Asian countries benefited from Bush/Obama open trade policies. They make goods in Asia, using sweat shop labor, and ship them to the US, putting US factories out of business.

  • Waya Hedia

    Tip of the iceberg.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Folks keep Obama’s name in their mouths....the obsession over our POTUS is real

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp. *Alexa play for the Love of money by Bones, Thugs & Harmony*

  • Jackie Rayne

    Leaving B.O. out of it. This country still isn’t any better with Trump running it. This country been corrupted since JFK was murdered so whatever.

  • Disgustd

    If anybody saw the doc "The Lobby", we know that many groups are engaging in this but per the US usual, it's always more convenient & low-hanging fruit that is black men they choose to go after.

  • Janice Collins

    They going after everybody. That’s what drain the swamp means. It’s not because he’s Black, it’s because he a political figure who took money and claimed he didn’t know where it came from. If you don’t take the tax payer money, you should keep meticulous records or hire someone who can do so. Let’s just wait and see what happen before we start all out the” man”

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    They still do in Trump’s America....

  • PrettyMeka08

    ? ? about to hit the fan.

  • Jussjess25

    Your so right!! I thought this was legal?? The trump campaign has thousands of illegal dollars.. smh

  • E Ethel Ballys

    Not for long. Mr Trump is dealing with this issue.

  • GAPeach

    it’s because he a political figure who took money and claimed he didn’t know where it came from.
    Did you even read the damn story, or are you just here to troll? Pras ain't no damn political figure .He's the 3rd part of a rap group, and he was the weakest link. Then you have the NERVE to talk about draining the swamp. Donald brought the damn swamp with him. Find somewhere else to troll "Janice".

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They are available for public view unlike The Con man.

  • Bleu Lantern

    Do not start. Haiti was the first nation to gain its independence from slavery. This was such a big deal that slaveowners in America tried to prevent the news from reaching slaves here but it eventually did.

    Know why Haiti is so poor?
    1) Part of their independence is paying back France and Spain reparations for the 'slavework profits lost'

    2) If myths are perpetuated about it, tourism will stay down

    3)If tourism stays down, "charity workers" can come in and human traffic children and spread cholera by defecating in bodies of water that people DRINK from

    4) Haiti has tons of iridium. Iridium is what is used in spaceships.

    Haitians started several states here, such as Pennsylvania and Louisiana.

    Heck even the word "zombie" comes from Haitian Creole.

    Instead of acting like the Black students who said too many "foreign Black students" were getting accepted into American schools, perhaps you should see that you are perpetuating division.

    This is LITERALLY what Black Panther was about.

    You will go to Spain, France and gush about how "magical" it was. You are more connected to designers who profit off of Black people by stealing their ideas and designs but don't want Black people wearing their products. (but they're called luxury brands)

    YES, there are Black people who are coons and would sell others out. How do you think the slave business of exporting from Africa was so successful? The only difference between you and somebody from the islands or any other Black person is a boat stop.

    These "people who don't share your experiences" are not thinking selfishly to only help Foreign Blacks. You are Black PERIOD.

    And Fake Black (she's not Black, just has melanin) women like Kamala who marry non-black to dilute her bloodline and do not create Black wealth and legacies should NOT be compared to Black people who were not born here.

  • MJ

    Should she have though?? Uncle Rush is currently hiding out in Bali to avoid that Me Too smoke/potential prison time.

  • Bashi22

    Uranus in Taurus ?? exposing and taking down people

  • Bashi22

    Pras get your Haitian high priest or priestess to work lol. Ase

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  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Daaang Pras, didn't know you was in it and that chose to the rigamaro!

  • SJ

    Both him and Wyclef are frauds.

  • dinedaaka

    Preach! I am of Haitian descent and am happy to see someone aware of why Haiti is in its present state. Kudos to you!

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Didn’t know