Ex-Georgia mayor uses relief money for himself, now he has to pay the price

The former mayor of Stonecrest, Georgia, Jason Lary, was sentenced on July 13 to four years and nine months in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in federal money that was supposed to be used to help the city during the pandemic. In July 2020, DeKalb County authorized a grant of $6.2 million to Stonecrest […]

Andrew Gillum charged with conspiracy, wire fraud

Florida’s former Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, is now facing an indictment on campaign fraud charges. On June 22, a federal grand jury turned in a 21-count indictment against Gillum and a former campaign adviser, Sharon Letterman-Hicks. The indictment says between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks unlawfully channeled campaign funds to a company […]

Will Packer producing film on IG influencer and scam artist Ray Hushpuppi

The life of Nigerian social media star and influencer Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, known throughout Instagram as “Hushpuppi” or “Ray Hushpuppi,” is about to hit the big screen. Will Packer Productions and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Studios are combining forces to develop an untitled project based on Evan Ratliff’s Bloomberg article, “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci […]

Instagram influencer Ray Hushpuppi pleads guilty to multimillion-dollar scam

Nigerian social media star and influencer Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, known throughout Instagram as “Hushpuppi” or “Ray Hushpuppi,” has pleaded guilty to scamming and defrauding a businessman and others out of tens of millions of dollars. Hushpuppi is known for his luxurious lifestyle and living the good life. A federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week […]

Georgia inmate indicted for allegedly stealing $11 million from his prison cell

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Atlanta native Arthur Cofield, who is a prison inmate at a correctional facility in Buttts County, Georgia, has been indicted on bank fraud and money laundering charges. Cofield, who is currently serving a 14-year sentence for armed robbery, also is under indictment for attempted murder. “Some prisoners aren’t interested in rehabilitation or paying their debt […]

Atlanta Councilman Antonio Brown indicted by federal grand jury

In a press statement, U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak released the following statement on Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown has been indicted on multiple fraud charges in connection with Brown’s attempts to defraud several financial institutions by taking out loans and making credit card purchases – and then falsely claiming […]

How Netflix and chill resulted in an arrest and a $1M cable bill

A Port Orange, Florida, man’s love of Netflix and other cable programming got him in trouble with the FBI and a cable bill of close to $1M. Rishi K. Sharma is being charged by the FBI with wire fraud after he racked up a cable bill of $927,000 over a two-year period. The first address he […]

Freebandz rap group facing decades in prison for million-dollar bank fraud

Members of a Charlotte hip-hop group and others face decades in prison after being indicted in a $1.2M bank and identity theft fraud scheme. Seven members of the FreeBandz Gang, along with some who orbited their world, are accused of financing what the U.S. Department of Justice said were lavish lifestyles by defrauding banks through […]

Why top Chicago educator, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, is pleading guilty to fraud

“I’m guilty, Your Honor,” is the anticipated plea Barbara Byrd-Bennett, ex-CEO of Chicago Public Schools, will deliver on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The former head of the nation’s third-largest school district was indicted on 15 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud charges. She’s been accused of funneling $2.3 million of no-bid contracts to two […]

Breaking: Apollo Nida sentenced

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” husband Apollo Nida, 35, was sentenced today in federal court. Nida has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by five years supervised release for his involvement in a scheme that involved bank, mail and wire fraud and ID theft. Nida served time in state prison (2003 to 2009) on […]

Woman rips off BP to the tune of $900,000

Crystal Lani Kitt was the alleged ringleader in a massive criminal enterprise, according to law enforcement. She is allegedly responsible for stealing $900,000 in fraudulent emergency aid involving the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kitt allegedly had even involved her mother and daughter on the scheme. Her mother, Laticha Louise Kitt, […]

Florida woman brags on Facebook about defrauding the IRS

Here’s some free advice: even if your Facebook is marked private, it really isn’t. Rashia Wilson, now 27, of Tampa, Fla. once bragged on Facebook about how she was scamming Uncle Sam. A mother of three, Wilson was receiving government issued food stamp benefits while she and her boyfriend, Maurice Larry, were receiving IRS tax […]

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