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Federal authorities arrested rapper Nuke Bizzle after he appeared in a music video flashing stacks of cash and bragging about defrauding the federal government to obtain unemployment benefits.

"I just got rich off of EDD/ I just woke up to 300 Gs," he bragged. "Unemployment so sweet/ We had 1.5 land this week." Rapper Fat Wizza added: "You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim."

Bizzle, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, is accused of stealing more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits preloaded on 92 debit cards from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

The hip-hop artist was arrested Friday and charged with access advice fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to a criminal complaint, Baines, who lives in the Hollywood Hills, was arrested in Las Vegas while riding in a Cadillac Escalade. He was detained with 7 EDD debit cards in other people's names.

According to the complaint, Baines filed claims for 92 EDD debit cards preloaded with more than $1.2 million in other people's names. The cards were mailed to multiple addresses that Baines had access to.

Baines posted a disclaimer under his "EDD" music video on YouTube: "This video was created with props and was made for entertainment purposes."
 

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Stephen K. Bannon was arrested Thursday morning and charged with defrauding donors to a private fund to build part of the border wall.

Bannon was arrested on board a $35 million, 150-foot yacht off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut. Federal postal inspectors working together with the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the boat, with belonged to an exiled Chinese tycoon.

Bannon, 66, was charged in connection with a fundraising group called We Build the Wall, headed by a wounded Air Force veteran who lost his legs and is confined to a wheelchair.

According to the criminal indictment, Bannon conspired with the wounded Air Force veteran and a venture capitalist to cheat hundreds of thousands of donors by falsely promising to build a new section of border wall.

Prosecutors say Bannon siphoned off $1 million to pay his personal expenses.

Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said Bannon and his three co-conspirators defrauded investors by telling them that "all of that money would be spent on construction."

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Bannon, President Trump's former adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, was banned from the White House in 2017.

Bannon was unceremoniously fired on Aug. 18, 2017 after saying he believed Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian operatives in Trump Tower was "unpatriotic" and "treasonous".

"Steve left the White House almost three years ago, and left on bad terms by burning down the kids so that is always there," an insider told the NY Post. "Blowing up the kids is never good."

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A Tennessee state senator has been charged with theft and embezzlement of over $600,000 in federal funds, Yahoo Finance reports.

A criminal complaint was filed against Senator Katrina Robinson, who is accused of stealing funds from government programs for her own personal enrichment.

Robinson, a Democrat elected to the General Assembly in 2018, received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her Memphis-based nursing school.

Robinson, a professional nurse, is director of The Healthcare Institute, which provides CNA training for jobs in the health care field, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a news release on Wednesday.

Robinson allegedly stole more than $600,000 and used some of the money to pay for her wedding costs, honeymoon expenses, legal fees for her divorce, and a 2016 Jeep Renegade for her daughter.

Robinson allegedly transferred cash from her nursing school's bank account to her personal bank accounts between 2015 and 2019.

The FBI executed a search warrant on her Memphis home in February. FBI agents visited her home again on Tuesday, OAN News reports.

The FBI launched an investigation after receiving a tip that Robinson used school funds to purchase a Louis Vuitton handbag.

Robinson also used the money on credit card payments, hair and beauty supplies, and home improvements, including a wrought iron front door valued at more than $5,000, the FBI said.

She also spent more than $4,700 on makeup, video services and a party for her wedding, and $5,000 on a trip to Jamaica, according to Yahoo.

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Robinson was defensive as she spoke with reporters on the courthouse steps on Wednesday.

"It is believed that if I were not in the position that I'm in, that if I did not champion the voices, the views and the faces that I represent, that I would not be in this moment right now with you today,” Robinson said.

Robinson said she will continue serving her district in the Senate "with the same integrity, the same passion that I've demonstrated since you've elected me to this office."

If convicted, Robinson faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. She is up for reelection in 2022.

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A Florida man who used COVID-relief funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to purchase a Lamborghini has been arrested.

Authorities say David T. Hines, of Miami, Florida, fraudulently obtained $4 million in PPP funds and used part of those funds to purchase a $318,000 Lamborghini Huracan Evo sports car.

The feds seized the Lamborghini and $3.4 million from bank accounts at the time of his arrest.

Hines made his initial court appearance before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan in the Southern District of Florida on Monday.

He was formally charged with one county of bank fraud, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and one count of engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds.

The complaint alleges Hines applied for $13.5 million at Bank of America on behalf of his six moving companies. He claimed he had 70 employees with a monthly payroll of $4 million.

Applicants who are approved for PPP loans are required to deposit the funds into a separate bank account created specifically for the loan so the feds can see where the money is spent.

The loans are forgivable if the money is spent on mortgage, rent, and utilities and at least part of the loan is spent on payroll.

The complaint alleges that the bank approved three of the applications for $3.9 million and began depositing hundreds of thousands of dollars into Hines's bank account.

Hines allegedly transferred some of the funds to his savings account within days and wired $318,497 to Lamborghini Miami, a luxury car dealership on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami Beach on May 18.

The Lamoborghini was jointly registered to Hines and his business, records show.

Bank records show Hines spent some of the cash to make purchases at luxury retailers, on jewelry, and on rooms at luxury resorts in Miami Beach.

The federal complaint further alleges that Hines did not use the money to make payroll payments that he claimed on his loan applications.

Hines' companies showed monthly revenue and expenses averaging about $200,000 - much less than the millions he claimed on the loan applications.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Berger said scammers are able to exploit and defraud the Small Business Association (SBA) because the SBA doesn't bother to check any of the claims made on applications.

"In the ordinary course of providing the loan guaranty, neither the SBA nor any other government agency checked IRS records to confirm that the applicant had paid the payroll taxes represented in the PPP applications," says the criminal affidavit.

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Forbes magazine is walking back their report that socialite and reality personality Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire.

Forbes claims they were hoodwinked and bamboozled by the makeup entrepreneur and Instagram model who "spun a web of lies" and "inflated" her net worth.

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In an earlier report, Forbes claimed Jenner was a "self-made" makeup mogul who somehow managed to take her company Kylie Cosmetics to the top of the cosmetics industry with just a high school diploma and not much business experience.

Social media users and bloggers scoffed at Forbes' claim that the 22-year-old was worth over a billion dollars. But Forbes stood by its reporting.

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Now the publisher claims Jenner and her mother, Kris Jenner "went to great lengths to convince people of their wealth."

Many believe Jenner is worth a few million, if that.

Forbes reports the family invited them into their mansions and CPA's offices, and even "created tax returns that were likely forged."

No word on whether the IRS is investigating those claims.

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NC Senator Richard Burr has agreed to step down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee after he allegedly sold stocks to avoid huge financial losses amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Burr faces allegations of insider trading, which is punishable by prison time and stiff fines.

Burr, a member of the Republican Party, is the first to step down after a handful of GOP and Democrat lawmakers were accused of selling stocks during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The list of senators under investigation include Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (GOP), Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Democrat), and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (GOP).

The news comes after Burr was served with a warrant to search his cellphone on Wednesday after previously being served with a warrant to access his iCloud account.

Burr and his wife are accused of selling $1.7 million worth of stocks to avoid huge losses before the country was ordered to shut down.

Burr's brother was also accused of selling stocks on the same day.

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DeRay McKesson, one of the most vocal activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, called out transracial activist Shaun King (left) for fraudulent fundraising.

McKesson slammed King's recently released fundraising report, in which King attempted to explain where millions of BLM fundraising dollars went.

King, a Caucasian man who claims to be Black, released the report after months of accusations that he spent the cash on lavish vacations and living expenses.

McKesson discredited the report, claiming it was not independent.

In an op-ed for Medium.com titled "On Shaun King," McKesson said King's lack of integrity within the activism community was "so glaring that to be silent is to be complicit."

He specifically focused on King's "fundraising efforts" that usually ends with the money vanishing down a black hole.

"Shaun has followed a uniform pattern over the years, a pattern that has compelled me to speak up, again," he wrote.

"It is important to note that Shaun's journalism has done some good by bringing attention to stories that may have gone under-reported or overlooked. But the person who paints your house before he steals your car has still committed theft."

He continued:

"I tried previously to engage offline to resolve these tensions, but his behaviors did not change. There is a formula that he employs when people ask questions or highlight contradictions: issue an unconditional denial, attack the character of the person asking questions, argue that white supremacists are attacking him or his family, respond only to the least salient of all points raised, then issue a statement akin to an apology."

McKesson notes that King often "bullies and intimidates" Black women - his most vocal critics - to scare them into silence.

McKesson suggests that many of King's Black supporters decline to question the facts because they can't admit they've been duped by a con artist.

"I have seen many people, against their better judgment, defend Shaun. I know because I was once one of those people. We are all apt to defend own decision-making, especially about people. But the love for our people must be greater than the love of any one person. Shaun has continued to thrive because many people cannot believe that they have been duped, used, or taken advantage of."

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Media Maven Oprah Winfrey wants you to know that there's an impostor on social media pretending to be her. Oprah created a PSA to inform her millions of IG followers that someone is impersonating her and asking for money to sign up for OWN accounts on Instagram.com.

"Hi everybody. I just want to know that somebody out there is trying to scam you using my name," she says.

"It's a fraud, it's a fraud, it's a FRAAAUD!" she sings in perfect key.

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Rachel Doran and Chris Mahone

A British man who thought his fiancée was doing him a favor by organizing his stag party in Ibiza was left stranded at the airport with 29 of his pals after the bride-to-be forged their boarding passes.

Chris Mahone, 27, and his friends arrived at the Leeds Airport in England ready to board a 6:45 a.m. flight to Ibiza for what was to be a four-day stag party weekend.

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Karen KK King

The newest member of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta was busted last night during a dramatic takedown at Club Level V in Atlanta.

According to the AJC.com, Karen "KK" King's charges include Financial Identity Fraud, Theft By Taking, and Forgery in the First Degree.

Sound familiar?

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