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Federal authorities are investigating whether a former employee of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) leaked information about incarcerated singer R. Kelly to a blogger.

Kelly was arrested over 2 years ago in Chicago and extradited to New York to stand trial on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

According to BOP records, the employee accessed R. Kelly's files on a computer server 153 times in 2019. The employee had no authority to read the records.

Prosecutors asked a judge for permission to subpoena the employee's computer after YouTube vlogger Tasha K reported information only a prison employee would know.

In the affidavit which was unsealed in federal court in Chicago August 18, the employee is identified only as "Officer A."

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Kelly is identified as "Inmate A... a nationally recognized celebrity whose criminal case has received media attention."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, confirmed "Inmate A" is Kelly.

Details contained in the affidavit was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The employee accessed records pertaining to Kelly while he was an inmate at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in 2019. The employee worked at the Thomson Correctional Center from May 2019 until December 2019 when she retired, according to the affidavit.

BOP records shows the officer in question used her BOP password to access Kelly's records between July 15, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 — even though the officer was not assigned to the MCC and was not authorized to access them.

In total, 60 BOP employees accessed Kelly's records from July 15, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, according to the affidavit. But the officer in question accessed the records 153 times.

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Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, 39, runs a popular Instagram blog and YouTube channel called UnwinewithTashaK. Her last known address is in Atlanta.

Tasha K reported information about Kelly known only to BOP employees, such as inmate calls, visitation logs, emails and funds, the affidavit said.

Tasha K's Instagram and YouTube channel were monitored by a federal agent after she published Kelly's visitation list and revealed a date of Dec. 5, 2019, at 8:07 a.m. in a Jan. 12, 2020 Instagram post.

The agent wrote that BOP records showed the employee accessed Kelly's records at that same time. Other BOP employees accessed the records at other times of the day, the agent wrote.

The employee also sent an email from her official BOP email address to a Gmail address on Nov. 13, 2019, and attached a 12-page document that contained Kelly's visitor records and money logs, according to the affidavit.

Tasha K reported some of the details in that email attachment in a Dec. 22, 2019 YouTube video, the agent wrote.

No charges have been filed against Tasha K.

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According to TMZ, a judge recently tossed Tasha's $3 million lawsuit against rapper Cardi B, in which she claimed the rapper assaulted her after she reported allegations about the star's minor daughter, Kulture.

Kelly faces federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn alleging he recruited women and girls for illegal sex and filmed child pornography.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He faces up to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.

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Rapper Pooh Shiesty is being held without bond in a Miami jail, charged with discharging a firearm in a Miami strip club.

Shiesty, born Lontrell Williams, Jr., surrendered to authorities following the shooting of a security guard at the King of Diamonds strip club on Memorial Day.

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The guard survived the shooting. Secret Service agents were able to match the serial numbers of money dropped at the crime scene to numbers on money the rapper flashed on Instagram.

Williams turned himself in on June 8, and faces charges of aggravated battery and violent crime in connection with the shooting of the security guard.

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A Miami-Dade judge ordered Williams held without bond. During the bond hearing, the rapper wore a suicide vest which is normally given to inmates who express suicidal thoughts.

The 21-year-old Memphis native is signed to Gucci Mane's 1017 Records and Atlantic Records. He is best known for his singles "Main Slime Remix" and "Shiesty Summer."

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Chicago-raised drill rapper G Herbo welcomed a newborn baby on the same day he pleaded "not guilty" to lying to federal agents about his identity theft case.

G Herbo and fiancee Taina Williams, 23, welcomed their first child together this week. The rapper posted a B&W Instagram photo that showed him holding his newborn to his tattooed chest.

The little baby's right hand is balled up in a fist.

Herbo also has a son named Yosohn with ex-fiancee Ariana Fletcher, 25.

Love & Hip Hop: New York star Emily Bustamante is a new grandmother at 40. Taina's stepfather is the rapper Fabolous, 43.

Herbo, 25, appeared in Springfield court via Zoom from his Los Angeles home where he entered his not guilty plea on Tuesday, May 25.

He allegedly told a federal agent he had no relationship with a defendant in the identity theft case.

Prosecutors say Herbo, real name Herbert Wright III does, in fact, know the other defendant, Chicago promoter Antonio Strong.

Strong reportedly gave Herbo "valuable goods," including "private jet charters, luxury accommodations, and exotic car rentals."

Prosecutors say Herbo "knowingly and willfully made the following materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States."

Lying to the feds is a serious federal charge punishable by prison time and a stiff fine. He is set to go to court on the original identity theft charges in August.

Congratulations to the apparently happy couple.
 

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The U.S. Justice Department announced federal hate crime charges against the Georgia men who shot "jogger" Ahmaud Arbery as he left a vacant house in their neighborhood.

Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, Travis McMichael, before Travis shot and killed him on Feb. 23, 2020.

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Arbery was killed after a witness spotted him leaving a vacant house that was under construction. Arbery's family said he was out jogging.

According to the indictment, the McMichaels "armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at Arbery, using their truck to cut off his route and threatening him with firearms."

A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, followed 25-year-old Arbery in a pickup truck prior to the shooting. Bryan's cell phone recording was placed in evidence against the father and son.

Bryan was arrested in May 2020 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony murder after he told investigators he tried to help the men stop Arbery.

In Georgia a person can be charged with felony murder if they contributed to another's death.

All three men were indicted Wednesday on one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The three men have been jailed since their arrests. They are due back in court in May.

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A Washington D.C. pastor faces 20 years in prison for fraudulently obtaining $1.5 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Rudolph Brooks Jr. of Maryland deposited the funds into multiple bank accounts. The feds say he used part of the loan to purchase 39 vehicles including a 2018 Tesla Model 3.

The affidavit states warrants were issued to seize $2.2 million from Brooks' bank accounts.

Brooks, who is pastor at Kingdom Tabernacle of Restoration church in D.C., is owner of Cars Direct, a buy here, pay here auto lot.

According to the affidavit, Brooks allegedly submitted false tax returns with his application for a PPP loan on behalf of Cars Direct in the amount of $1,556,589.

The Cars Direct loan was approved on May 9, 2020 and funds were deposited into an account associated with Brooks.

Under the terms of the federal CARES Act, PPP funds must be deposited into a separate bank account created specifically for the funds so the IRS can keep track of expenditures.

Brooks, 45, is accused of making multiple cash transfers from the account into his personal bank accounts.

The affidavit states he used the money for "personal expenditures" including credit card bills, restaurant purchases, retail shopping, groceries, mortgage payments, and automotive auctioneers.

Additionally, the feds say Brooks used the funds to purchase 39 used luxury cars for his used car lot.

Brooks allegedly purchased a 2017 Mercedes Benz S Class, two 2017 Infinity Q50s, a 2015 Cadillac Escalade, a 2005 Bentley Continental, a 2018 Tesla Model 3, a 2014 GMC Yukon XL, among other luxury cars.

Thousands of people have been arrested for fraudulently obtaining loans.

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A Louisiana woman was arrested for refusing to return $1.2 million, mistakenly deposited into her brokerage account, Nola.com reported.

Kelyn Spadoni opened a Fidelity Brokerage Services account about a month before the firm installed "enhancement" software.

Schwab intended to transfer $82.56 into Spadoni's Fidelity account, but she received a jackpot of $1,205,619 instead.

Schwab immediately noticed the error and a request was made to retrieve the funds from Fidelity. But Fidelity sent Schwab a "CASH NOT AVAILABLE" notification, indicating that Spadoni had already withdrawn the cash.

When attempts to contact Spadoni failed, Schwab notified her employer at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Spadoni worked there as a 911 dispatcher for four years.

Authorities discovered that Spadoni spent at least $48,000 on a 2021 Hyundai Genesis SUV. Investigators seized the vehicle and recovered about 75% of the stolen loot.

She was arrested and charged with theft valued over $25,000, bank fraud, and illegal transmission of monetary funds. Additionally, she was fired as a 911 dispatcher and is being held in jail on $50,000 bond.

Schwab has filed a lawsuit against Spadoni seeking the return of the remaining funds.

In the lawsuit, Schwab pointed out that Spadoni violated an agreement in the contract that states if a client receives an overpayment of funds, they are required to return the full amount.

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Jen Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested on federal fraud charges.

Shah and Smith are cast members on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City."

The reality TV personality is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing and money laundering scheme.

A 10-page indictment accuses Shah and Smith of defrauding victims older than age 55.

The victims were charged thousands of dollars to receive unspecified services which "provided little to no value to the victims."

Shah, 47, struggled to explain what she did for a living on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"My background is in direct response marketing for about twenty years," she said. "Our company does advertising. We have a platform that helps people acquire customers."

She claimed to be the founder and owner of JAX Fashion, Shah Beauty and The Real Shah Lashes. But prosecutors say Shah's businesses are nonexistent.

Shah appeared in federal court on Tuesday. She was released and ordered to turn over her passport.

She is not allowed to leave Utah without the judge's approval. Shah also is not allowed to participate in telemarketing schemes.

She is set to appear in a federal court in Manhattan via CCTV on Wednesday.

Shah is the wife of University of Utah football coach Sharrieff Shah. They share two grown sons together.
 

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Sherhonda Gaulden clapped back at Wendy Williams for criticizing her son, NBA YoungBoy.

Sherhonda doesn't play about her children. The entrepreneur was a teenage mom when she gave birth to NBA YoungBoy, real name Kentrell Gaulden.

The 21-year-old father-of-7 was arrested by the LAPD after a brief foot chase on Monday in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, the rapper was arrested on an outstanding warrant for firearms possession stemming from an arrest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in September.

At issue were two weapons police found on YoungBoy at the time of his arrest last year. He is currently in FBI custody, pending possible RICO charges.

As part of her job as the reigning gossip queen of daytime talk TV, Wendy Williams spoke on YoungBoy's arrest during Tuesday's "Hot Topics" segment.

"He's got to go to jail," said Williams. "How do you do a hot pursuit? There are innocent people out here. You could've hurt innocent people in your hot pursuit and running through people's backyards. Nobody wants that – bringing down the property values.

"And, and how is it that you do what you do with seven kids at only 21-years-old? And I wonder what Yaya Mayweather's father, Floyd, is saying about this," she said, referring to YoungBoy's 7th baby mama, Yaya, who gave birth to his son, Kentrell Gaulden Jr., last year.
 

YoungBoy's mother was furious and she checked Wendy about her comments on her son.

"F**k Wendy Williams around here letting a half-dead 90-year-old white man suck her d*ck worried about my child stop tagging me in b***h."

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In a follow-up meme after Instagram removed her Wendy diss, she wrote: "They removed my post remove her show [sic]."

She captioned the crying laughing meme: "I'm sorry she not a man I lied she a woman I quit."
 

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A North Carolina woman allegedly went on a shopping spree with nearly $150,000 she illegally obtained from a coronavirus relief loan.

Federal prosecutors say Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, spent most of the money on high end luxury bags and shoes at Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and jewelry stores.

Clifton appeared in court on Monday and was later released on $25,000 bond, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.

The press release detailed how Clifton lied on an application to fraudulently obtain relief funds for an existing business during the coronavirus lockdowns.

She falsely claimed $350,000 in gross revenue for her online clothing business, Jazzy Jas, despite filing paperwork in 2020 that shows the business was dissolved, according to ABC News.

The loan application was approved in early August for $149,900, which she later spent during shopping sprees at over two dozen retailers, including Ikea and Rooms to Go.

On Feb. 17, Clifton was indicted on wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits.

If convicted, she faces 30 years in prison on each charge, plus a possible $1,250,000 fine.

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A woman who believed she was communicating with pop singer Bruno Mars via text messages was scammed out $100,000 -- her entire savings.

The 63-year-old victim, a resident of Texas, believed she was "in love" with the 35-year-old singer.

The woman told police she assumed she was in contact with 11-time Grammy Award winner "Bruno Mars" after she received text messages showing Mars performing while he was on tour.

In September 2018, "Mars" asked the woman to send him a $10,000 check to help cover his touring expenses, and she agreed, according to authorities.

She went to a local branch of the Wells Fargo bank in North Richland Hills and withdrew a cashier's check made out to "Basil Chidiadi Amadi," a person described as a "friend of the band," according to authorities.

The woman deposited the check into an account at JPMorgan Chase bank.

Two days later, "Mars" contacted the woman again and asked for another $90,000, which she withdrew in a cashier's check that was made out to "Chi Autos" at the request of "Mars," according to TMZ.

The $90,000 check was deposited on September 14, 2018 into a separate bank account at JPMorgan Chase, according to investigators.

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Investigators subpoenaed bank records and traced the two JPMorgan Chase accounts to Nigerian scammer Chinwendu Azuonwu, 39, and his co-conspirator Basil Amadi, 29, both residents of Houston.

Azuonwu, 39, appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating Mars on Instagram to swindle the victim out of her life savings.

Azuonwu said he did not know how $90,000 was deposited into his account, according to the criminal complaint. He also denied knowing Amadi or the woman.

Azuonwu and Amadi are charged with third-degree felony money laundering, KPRC-TV reported. Azuonwu's bail was set at $30,000.