A rapper has been blown up in Los Angeles after staging a music video of “getting rich” through COVID-19 unemployment benefits, the federal prosecutor’s office said.
Fontrel Antonio Baines, 31, nicknamed “Nuke Bizzle”, was arrested on Friday for applying for more than $ 1.2 million in COVID-19 unemployment in a scheme using stolen identities, according to the U.S. Central District Attorney’s Office. of California.
Prosecutors say Baines and his accomplices fraudulently received at least 92 preloaded debit cards under the names of others, including victims of identity theft, prosecutors said.
They were then sent to addresses Baines had access to in Coretown and Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.
In Instagram posts, the rapper has repeatedly boasted of his ability to deceive the California Department of Employment Development.
Baines also shared a music video on YouTube called “EDD”
In the video, he points to a pile of EDD envelopes and brags that he got rich by going[ing] to the bank with a pile of them ”- probably a reference to the debit cards issued in the scheme, prosecutors said.
“Unemployment is so sweet. We had 1.5 plots of land this week, “Baines said in the video, while another rapper called.” You have to sell cocaine, I can just file a lawsuit. “
Baines faces three offenses of fraud with access devices, aggravated identity theft and transportation of stolen property between states in connection with the scheme.
If convicted, he faces up to 22 years in federal prison,