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Rapper G Herbo turned himself in to federal agents in Los Angeles after proclaiming his innocence relating to a plethora of federal fraud charges.

The Chicago, Illinois native, who was just named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 list of influential young stars, stands accused of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and 2 counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft as part of an alleged 4-year scam involving stolen credit cards.

Herbo and 5 others are charged with using stolen credit cards to purchase designer puppies, rent private jets and limousines as well as finance trips to Jamaica and rent a villa there.

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a representative for Herbo, real name Herbert Randall Wright III, denied the criminal claims, which were filed in Massachusetts. Herbo's lawyer insisted the Chicago gang banger "looks forward to establishing his innocence in court".

The PTSD star is alleged to have worked with his music promoter Antonio Strong and various other members of his crew to defraud numerous business owners by making purchases with stolen credit cards.

Strong was arrested in September and charged with a string of crimes, including wire fraud.

Rapper Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, was arrested earlier this week on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

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Federal agents have arrested rap fugitive Casanova (right), who was indicted on RICO and racketeering charges related to criminal activities committed by his gang "Untouchable Gorilla Stones", including the murder of a 15 year old boy.

"Baby, I love you like cooked food," Casanova said in a video shared by his wife on social media.

The feds also indicted Chicago gangsta rapper G Herbo, real name Herbert Wright III (left and below), on 14 federal charges that included wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, in a federal court in Massachusetts.

G Herbo's lawyer is making arrangements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the rapper to turn himself in in Massachusetts.

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G Herbo and several crew members are accused of conducting a multi-year fraud scheme involving stolen credit cards and ID theft, totaling $1.5 million.

According to the indictment, the gang used stolen credit cards to buy designer puppies, rent private jets and luxury villas in Jamaica.

Herbo, 25, and Casanova, 34, are part of a crew of gang bangers who are signed by record labels to bring realism to the rap game.

Unlike bold name rappers such as Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the new breed of gangsta rappers live the life of violence they rap about on records.

G Hergo and Casanova, real name Caswell Senior, are accused of murdering other "rappers", but they have not been charged without those alleged crimes.

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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 New York attorney has been indicted on charges of defrauding three lottery winners out of $107 million.

The criminal indictment unsealed on Tuesday alleges Jason Kurland promoted himself as the go-to attorney for lottery winners to protect them from scammers and misspending their winnings.

Kurland promoted himself as a "Lottery Lawyer" and he often tweeted lottery winners with the hashtag: #call me.

In one YouTube video, Kurland is seen in his office with large replicas of lottery checks on his desk.

"I protect the ones that are going to spend too much and I try to teach the other ones how to be a wealthy person," Kurland said in an interview on web series, "Going In with Brian Vines."

But the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York alleges Kurland, 46, defrauded his clients out of $107 million in lottery money.

Kurland allegedly involved known mob associates in his scheme to defraud lottery winners.

One of Kurland's alleged partners is Christopher Chierchio, 52, a known soldier for the Genovese crime family, according to the indictment.

"The defendants callously thought they could line their pockets with lottery winnings without consequence, but today their luck ran out," said Seth D. DuCharme, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a news release.

According to the indictment, Kurland charged his clients an upfront retainer fee of between $75,000 and $200,000. Additionally, he required a monthly fee of between $15,000 and $50,000.

Prosecutors say three of his clients collectively won an estimated $3 billion - including a South Carolina man who won last year's Mega Million jackpot worth $1.5 billion.

After gaining his clients' trust by making investments, prosecutors allege Kurland convinced them to invest their money in companies run by mob associates and co-conspirators Chierchio, Francis Smookler, 45, and Frangesco Russo, 38.

Prosecutors say the defendants used the money to bankroll a lavish lifestyle. They used the cash to pay for expensive vacations, golf club memberships, private jets, luxury homes and cars, yachts, and shopping sprees for their wives and mistresses.

Most of the $107 million can not be recovered, according to the indictment.

All four defendants pleaded not guilty in the Brooklyn court on Tuesday.
 

 

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Former Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta cast member Maurice "Mo" Fayne, pictured with ex-girlfriend Karlie Redd, has been indicted by the feds for running a Ponzi scheme that netted over $5 million for his trucking business.

Fayne was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury, Page Six reports. Fayne, of Dacula, Georgia, was arrested on May 11 and charged with defrauding a bank to get over $3 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Fayne reportedly told the bank he needed the cash to pay 120 employees of his trucking company. But the feds say the trucking company did not turn a profit.

He allegedly spent over $2 million in coronavirus relief funds on jewelry, a Rolex wristwatch, cars, and child support payments.

Federal agents served a search warrant on Fayne's Dacula home, where they recovered $80,000 in cash, including $9,400 that Fayne had in his pockets, and a 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith with the dealer tag still on it.

In addition to bank fraud, he was charged with running a six-year Ponzi scheme to cover large gambling debts, prosecutors said.

The aspiring rapper allegedly convinced 20 individuals to invest $5 million in his trucking business.

He then transferred the $5 million to a casino to cover his gambling debts and entertainment expenses, including hotel suites.

"Fayne used the investors' money to pay his personal debts and expenses, and to fund an extravagant lifestyle for himself," prosecutors said in a statement.

Fayne is out on bond, according to court records.

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Cardi B's alleged attack on two sisters who were bartenders at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in 2018 was orchestrated by her bestie Star Brim, feds say.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors charged Brim with racketeering and illegal gang activities for allegedly heading a notorious NY street gang.

Feds reportedly gave Brim, who is 9 months pregnant, one month to turn herself in after giving birth. The baby is due this month (Feb).

The first-time mom proudly posed with her baby daddy, an alleged Crips gang member, at her baby shower last month.

Brim captioned an Instagram image: "THE PARENTS... HAVEN'T PARTIED FOR 8 MONTHS HAD TO TURN UP".
 

Also attending the baby shower was her bestie Cardi B, actress LaLa Anthony, and rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed in a home invasion early Wednesday in California.

According to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, the rapper's best friend ordered the 5-9 Brims gang members to target two sisters and deliver a savage beatdown without killing them.

After a gang member sent her video of the first assault on the sisters, Brim, whose real name is Yonette Respass, didn't think the first assault was "vicious" enough, court documents claim. So she ordered gang members to attack the women again.

Prosecutors unsealed federal indictments against the "Bodak Yellow" rapper's alleged "muscle" Jeffrey Bush, 35, and her close pal Brim, 28, on racketeering conspiracy charges for their alleged involvement with the 5-9 Brims, a chapter of the notorious Bloods gang.

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Brim, who is allegedly the gangs' 'godmother' or highest-ranking female member, apparently ordered a beatdown on the sisters for showing disrespect to Cardi, prosecutors allege.

One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi's promiscuous husband, rapper Offset of Migos. Brim (left) and Cardi are pictured at a Queens, NY courthouse, where Cardi faces trial on assault charges.

"I want hands put on them. I don't even want no talking," Brim ordered the gang, according to court papers.

Bush and three other female gang members then arrived at the Angels strip club on August 15, where they grabbed one of the bartenders by the hair, dragged her across the bar and punched her in the head.

Bush recorded the entire incident on his cell phone and sent the footage to Brim, who was doing time in prison for assault.

 

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"Dissatisfied with the first attack, defendant Respass continued communicating with other enterprise members about the assault, and discussed whether the assault was vicious enough or if 5-9 Brims needed to attack the victim again," a detention memo alleges.
 

Bush and Cardi B, real name Belcalis Almanzar, still have assault charges pending against them in Queens Supreme Court for the second incident. Cardi, who was present but did not participate in the assaults, has pleaded not guilty on the assault charges.

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Cardi B's bestie Star Brim is heading back to prison. She was indicted by the federal government on RICO charges for being "Godmother" of the 59 Brims street gang.

Lead prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman, who also collared rapper Tekashi69 and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, set his sights on Brim before she was released from prison last year.

Brim, who was born Yonette Respass, was named in the federal indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Brim and 10 other alleged 59 Brims Gang members on RICO counts and conspiracy to commit assault in-aid-of racketeering, in addition to other violence and illegal activity between January 2012 and December 2019.

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The feds say Brim orchestrated the attack against two female bartenders at a NY strip club because they "disrespected" Cardi B.

Brim, who was behind bars at the time, allegedly ordered her subordinates to attack the women without murdering them. According to the indictment, Brim ordered her underlings to touch the 2 women with extreme violence.

"I want hands put on them," Brim reportedly told gang members. "I don't even want no talking."

In August, members of the 59 Brims gang, who are affiliated with the Bloods, arrived at the Angels strip club to confront the two sisters who worked as bartenders there. One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi's husband, rapper Offset of Migos.

Though Cardi did not physically participate in the attack, police say she watched it go down, as her crew threw chairs and bottles at the sisters, who sustained serious facial and head injuries.

Surveillance footage from inside the bar shows co-defendant Jeffrey Bush filming the attack on his cell phone.

A woman standing next to Bush ordered a drink from the intended target, who was asked to lean closer. The woman then grabbed the victim by her hair and dragged her over the bar while beating her in the head with a bottle.

Bush filmed the entire assault and sent the footage to Brim in prison. After reviewing the video, Brim decided the violence was not vicious enough, according to the indictment.

The defendants were then ordered to carry out a second assault on the sisters about two weeks later at Angels strip club. Cardi was in the house for the second assault as well.

The sisters were fired by the strip club's management after the two incidents. The women later sued the club's owner.

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Cardi was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment in the strip club attack in the summer of 2019.

Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, is seen above arriving at the courthouse with Brim by her side.

Brim's gang is also accused of murdering members of a rival gang, Real Ryte, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and unlawful use of firearms for drug trafficking purposes.

Cardi and Brim were friends before she skyrocketed to hip-hop fame with her summer anthem "Bodak Yellow."

Brim, who is currently pregnant, is negotiating the terms of her surrender. If convicted, she faces up to 50 years in federal prison.

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.

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A billionaire pharmaceutical executive in China reportedly paid $6.5 million to a California man to get his daughter into Stanford University. The Los Angeles Times broke the story. Stanford acknowledged receiving $770,000 from William "Rick" Singer (pictured) on behalf of three students. Two of the students didn't enroll at Stanford. A third student was admitted to the school as a recruit on Stanford's sailing team, despite not having experience as a crew member.

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