Pras Michel, one of the founding members of the GRAMMY-winning hip-hop group the Fugees, tools around Los Angeles in a luxury Rolls Royce Ghost. He wears expensive designer clothing, and his bank accounts once contained $37.5 million - before the feds seized it all last year.

When asked about the source of his ultra high income, Pras usually said he made good investments. But the federal government says he conspired with a fugitive to funnel millions in foreign cash into the campaign of a U.S. presidential candidate.

On Friday, Pras, 46, was charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place in 2012. Pras has pleaded not guilty.

In a four-count indictment, Pras, real name Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, is accused of conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, to make and conceal campaign contributions to a U.S. Presidential candidate, who is identified in the indictment only as Candidate A.

News outlets identified the political candidate as former President Barack Obama.

In 2012, Pras and Jho Low's father attended a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., and sat on each side of Obama, according to the indictment.

According to the Justice Department, Low has been charged with masterminding a money laundering and bribery scheme that stole billions from the Malaysian state investment fund.

Prosecutors allege that Low funneled more than $21.6 million into the 2012 presidential campaign from June to November 2012.

Pras then paid about 20 straw donors to make large donations to the candidate in their names to conceal the true source of the funds, according to the indictment.

2 organizations filed complaints against Pras to both the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department.

"It's pretty unusual to get the government to bring criminal campaign finance cases," said Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21, a nonprofit campaign finance watchdog group. "On the other hand, we thought this was a clear case where enforcement was called for.

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.

In a book by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, Obama believed the American people turned on him.

Baker said Obama saw it as a "personal insult" that Trump won the 2016 election and he felt the American people had "turned on him."

At a Las Vegas tech conference in 2018, Obama told an audience that his presidency had been scandal-free. "I didn't have scandals, which seems like it shouldn't be something you brag about," Obama joked at the time.

Photos by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images, Johnny Louis/FilmMagic

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns
  • KcoolMuziq

    Pras HAS NOT aged one bit since The Fugees....

  • Coy little wink

    Obama did nothing wrong Auntie don't hate the player hate the game

  • Dr. P

    PRESIDENT Obama's legacy remains scandal free....Lawd the miserable stay trying it...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Hes a whole money launderer. That's what's up. I like to see black men commit white collar crimes. Less time served, nicer prison accommodations, etc. I mean if you're going to be a criminal...?????

  • Topic Influencer

    One of the biggest hip hop groups of my generation was based on bullshat and fukkery.

    * Lauryn and them songs she aint write. and she continues to scam folks out here selling tickets for shows she know gatdamn well she not gonna make it too either on time or perioooooodt.

    * Clef and that foundation and that missing $4-5 million dollars.

    * Pras and this here shit.

    They are killing me softly with their song (and dance)

  • Applebootay

    But I like him ?

  • Applebootay

    You should be a writer/journalist I always look forward to your recaps...???

  • Topic Influencer
  • Yoni7

    bullshat and fukkery
    _________________
    * Clef posed up on that motorcycle in his drawz and greasy. https://media0.giphy.com/media/7Qv2VyG4ihlcI/giphy.gif

  • Topic Influencer

    Never forget that shat. Like sir. And lets not forget his very married ass totally thought he was Lauryn's oldest kid dad til the very end.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    You know what...

  • Yoni7
  • CardiB’sAbs

    One day folks will realize you can’t fawk with the Feds...*le sigh*

  • Topic Influencer

    LMAO

  • Tinytoon

    Ahhhhhh, looking like a wannabe Mr. Universe.?

  • Coy little wink
  • Bree

    The Federal Govt is nothing to be played with. I don't see how people think they will get away with stuff like this! Pras is just chilling in the first pic, just living the life.

  • Yoni7

    Pras, what you eating out of that container? https://media3.giphy.com/media/3o7TKRXgvpTqmksjcI/giphy.gif

  • Coy little wink

    Well if he was smart enough to defraud the Malaysia govt I think he would know he needed some offshore accounts to stash all that cash

    But maybe I'm wrong...

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Wasn't Wyclef involved in some fraud, money laundering, embezzlement type thing as well. I cant remember if it had to do with the hurricane relief or him running for President or something...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Yoni bye ?? cant even lurk with your azz

  • PlayerP

    Do you ya'll see what's happening here?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yop

  • Alextra Ballard

    Qqn...what's goingz on here?!?!

  • Reina1718

    ***of topic*** Sandra you dont watch 90 day fiance??????? my guilty pleasure

  • Lady_Elle

    He Sure was...

  • Alextra Ballard

    Mizery loves company....they still tryna pull Obama and his legacy into some bullshidt

  • PlayerP

    Deflection

  • hottlanta

    Still trying 2 find stuff on Obama but dump hasnt committed a crime.

  • Bashi22

    Love to see black men committing the same white collar crimes that white just now being charge for and getting less yrs. hope Pras beat every charges.

  • Lady_Elle

    So... they tracked the $$$ for Obama's campaign and can't find all of the international $$$ that went to the Trump inaugural ball in 2016? $107m into that piggy bank.

  • Blak

    Pras is going to realize that Obama is not his friend and he should strike a deal or is gonna get buried

  • NeverSurprised

    The Yele Haiti scandal. Funds that were earmarked for Haitian hurricane victims miraculously found their way into Wyclef's pockets.

  • Dowoop

    It is sooooo good

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao......well damn....

  • Queen B

    Im sorry maybe im slow but I don't what the problem is lol

  • Reina1718

    Yassss ??

  • JustB

    Well if he didn't do time for his incestuous ways then they can get him for this...

  • Sha

    You better tellum.

  • Rayscoty

    "Pras and Jho father attended a fundraiser"

    I thought they were talking about Jennifer Lopez

  • Itzgoingdown2

    Obama did nothing for blacks.

  • Elevated Soul

    School these fools!!!!

  • Shamwow

    Your not slow. He’s in trouble because 3 minorities benefited from a scam that many whypipo get away with, the problem: not enough whyts involved.

  • Elevated Soul

    The only so called legacy Obama had was support for the gay agenda.

    Obama was also not scandal free at all but you Obamabots refuse to do your research.Obamabots stay reaching for that lie.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    What was he supposed to have done?

  • Ryan

    Say whaa??!

  • Ryan

    Itzgoingdown2 got blocked from posting here (hence the 2 added to the original name) so like the punk they are they got a new account so they could come back to troll.

  • Ryan

    Itzgoingdown2 got blocked from posting here (hence the 2 added to the original name) so like the punk they are they got a new account so they could come back to troll.

  • Eileen

    Obama committed a crime he lied and didn't help black peoplr he said he was Christian but he lied he is muslim

  • Eileen

    What legacy???

  • Eileen

    Do true

  • Eileen

    Thank You...

  • Eileen

    Everything....he haf no problem capping for the homos.

  • NeverSurprised

    Truth. Every word.

  • dontgetblocked

    No surprise here. Obama and Ugly Chelle are money hungry thieves!

  • dontgetblocked

    He's whole presidency was a crime!

  • dontgetblocked

    Same sex marriage? Meanwhile, President Trump's presidency has been the best ever for Blacks in decades.

  • dontgetblocked

    She didn't write the songs. Thanks. I feel like a kid who believed in Santa.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Gotcha ??

  • Jethro

    No involvement on Obama's part, but don't let that keep you from trying, though, while tRump circles the toilet bowl.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Not tidday yew won’t.....bi

  • Alextra Ballard

    Prasss,what’s going on in dem britches?!?!

  • DeepThinker

    ?

  • DeepThinker

    ???

  • Li-Wright

    Well, I'd like to see his stock portfolio.

  • speakinmymind

    Bye Felicia!

  • Elevated Soul

    I'm just laughing at the Obamabots here who actually believe that Obama and them, did not know money was being funneled to his campaign.....

  • Goodii2Shoes

    .. i waited... i was right. there is 1. no reason to raise 750 million for a presidential election. 2. any allegedly wealthy, allegedly educated person in politics to stan beyawnce & her geriatric pedo-hubby is a blip on my radar for "illegal conduct". 'especially any allegedly from chicago.
    it was 1 too many beyyawnce concerts , then malia working for the well known sexual predator, harvey weinstein. it was blatant;

  • Queen B

    Lol right....so what was the damn scam? ?

  • chan chan

    Guilty

  • Jethro

    Your momma's ugly. Block me.

  • Coco17

    Where we go...smh

  • Panther Charleston

    Tell me this a re-print of some old news on a case that was unfounded and dropped! Tell me that, please. ?

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    me too