Prakazrel “Pras” Michel made a name for himself as a founding member of the multiplatinum group the Fugees. However, the hip-hop legend may find himself in jail after reports have surfaced that he was a part of a scheme that used the 2012 Obama campaign to steal millions.
According to The Associated Press, Pras was indicted on four counts of conspiring with Low Taek Jho to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions to a U.S. presidential candidate.
Federal agents claim that Jho and Pras directed more than $21.6 million to be transferred from foreign entities to Pras’ accounts “for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election as purportedly legitimate contributions.”
Pras is accused of paying $865,000 of the money he received from Low to about 20 straw donors who made donations in their names.
It’s illegal for all foreign entities to use their money to influence U.S. elections.
Although former President Barack Obama was not mentioned in the indictment, TMZ has reported that the incident involved the 44th U.S. president
Pras, who maintains his innocence, is being charged with conspiracy, false statement and two counts of false entry in record.
Low is currently on the run from the FBI. Obama is currently not the focus of the investigation.