A blowhard rapper has been busted in Los Angeles after rapping in a music video about “getting rich” by fraudulently obtaining COVID-19 unemployment benefits, federal prosecutors said.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, who goes by the stage name “Nuke Bizzle,” was arrested Friday for applying for more than $ 1.2 million COVID-19 unemployed relief funds in a scheme that uses stolen identities, according to the U.S. Attorney. for the Central District of California.
Prosecutors allege that Baines and his accomplice fraud obtained at least 92 prepaid debit cards under the names of other people, including victims of identity theft, prosecutors said.
They were then sent to addresses that Baines had access to in Koreatown and Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.
In Instagram posts, the rapper repeatedly bragged about his ability to scam California̵
Baines also shared a music video on YouTube titled “EDD,” in which he raps about getting “rich out of EDD.”
In the video, he points to a stack of EDD envelopes and brags about getting rich by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these ”- presumably a reference to the payment cards issued in the scheme, prosecutors said.
“Unemployment is so sweet. We had 1.5 land this week, ”Baines said in the video, while another rapper reads:“ You have to sell cocaine, I can just file claims. ”
Baines faces three crimes of access control fraud, aggravated identity theft and transportation between stolen property in connection with the scheme.
If convicted, he faces up to 22 years in federal prison,