A blowhard rapper was busted in Los Angeles after raping a music video about the “rich” of fraudulently getting COVID-19 unemployment benefits, the federal prosecutor said.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, named on stage “Nuke Bizzle,” was arrested Friday for applying for more than $ 1.2 million of COVID-19 unemployed funds in a scheme using stolen identity according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Prosecutors have accused Baines and his accomplices of fraudulently obtaining at least 92 pre-loaded debit cards under the names of other people, including victims of identity theft, the prosecutors.
They were then sent to the addresses Baines accessed in Koreatown and Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.
In Instagram posts, the rapper repeatedly boasted of his ability to deceive the California Department of Labor Development.
Baines also shared a YouTube music video titled “EDD”; in which he gathers about “getting rich in EDD.”
In the video, he points to a stack of EDD envelopes and brags about getting rich by “go[ing] in the bank with a stack of them ”- could be a reference to debit cards provided by the scheme, prosecutors said.
“Unemployment is very sweet. We have 1.5 lands this week, “Baines said in the video, while another rapper said,” You have to sell cocaine, I can only file a claim. “
Baines faces three counts of felony fraud in access to the device, aggravated identity theft and interstate transportation of stolen property related to the scheme.
If convicted on charges, he faces up to 22 years in federal prison,