A rapper has been arrested and charged after bragging about playing the system on a YouTube music video.
With a stolen identity, Fontrell fraudulently filed for Antonio Baines and received $ 1.2 million in unemployment benefits from a COVID-19 unemployment assistance program Department of Justice, Southern California law firm. Baines, 31, from Memphis, Tennessee, who rides Nuke Bizzle, was arrested late last week.
"Nuke Bizzle", who currently lives in the Hollywood Hills, was arrested for a system of fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Baines was due to appear in the United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles last Friday.
According to the complaint, Baines owned and used debit cards that came with unemployment benefits provided by the California Department for Employment Development (EDD). The applications for these debit cards included addresses that Baines had access to in Beverly Hills and Koreatown.
The investigation found that at least 92 debit cards with fraudulently obtained benefits worth more than $ 1.2 million were preinstalled and sent to these addresses. Baines and others reportedly accessed more than $ 704,000 through cash withdrawals, including in Las Vegas, and also used the cards to purchase goods and services.
Baines released a song and video entitled "EDDThat bragged about what he'd done to get fraudulent funds from the government. The rapper was arrested in Las Vegas on September 23, and officers found eight of the debit cards on him, seven of which were in someone else's name.
In the video, Baines and another rapper brag about "doing my brag for EDD". They also hold up a pile of EDD envelopes and rap that they get rich by "going to the bank with a pile of them." At another point in the video, the artists are seen several times checking the mail and walking away with envelopes that appear to be EDD while rapping, "You have to sell cocaine, I can just file a lawsuit."
The criminal complaint alleges he committed three crimes: fraud using access devices, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted on all charges, Baines faces a maximum legal sentence of 22 years in federal prison.
Check out Nuke Bizzle's "EDD" music video below.