G Herbo Charged in Fraud Scheme for Using Fake IDs
G Herbo is the latest rapper to face legal trouble this week.
According to a report from the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday (Dec. 2), G Herbo, born Herbert Wright III, has been charged in a federal fraud scheme occurring over a four-year period. In federal documents that were sealed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass. back in September, but were made public today, the Chicago rhymer has been accused of using fraudulent identification to charge more than $1 million worth of trips on private jets, limousine rides, exotic car rentals, a vacation at a villa in Jamaica and the purchase of two designer puppies in Michigan in 2017.
The 14-count indictment also reportedly includes G Herbo‘s promoter and manager Antonio “T-Glo” Strong, who, according to court documents obtained by XXL this evening, participated in the use of fake email addresses between May 2016 and September 2020, to illicit account information and make unauthorized payments for private chef and private security guard services, private chartered yachts, private jets, commercial airline fraud and hotel fraud.
The federal filing also names Southside Chicago rapper Joseph “Joe Rodeo” Williams and alleged co-conspirators Steven Hayes Jr., Demario Sorrells and Terrence Bender. All three men are from the Chi as well.
In addition to using fraudulent information to vacation at a rental property in Jamaica, the defendants reportedly booked trips to Sunny Isles, Fla., Miami, Texas, New York, New Jersey and California. They also allegedly rented luxury vehicles such as a Bentley CGTC and Maybach S600.
The indictment is reportedly centered around the use of stolen credit card information and personal identities that were obtained from the “dark web” or other unnamed sources. The defendants would proceed to text or use social media to exchange the stolen information that according to the charges were referred to in code as “cards,” “moves” or “joints.”
All defendants in the case have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identify theft. Strong, who was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago on Sept. 25, is facing a wire fraud charge as well. He has since been ordered by U.S. District Judge Robert Dow to appear in court for a removal hearing in Massachusetts in the custody of U.S. Marshal to face his pending charges there.
Judge Dow said in his ruling that Strong was “alleged to be the ringleader of a $1.5 million fraud,” the Tribune reports. The fraud schemes include the use of “aliases and other people’s identities.”
Joseph “Joe Rodeo” Williams turned himself in to authorities in Chicago on Nov. 24, and was granted bond to travel to Boston to appear in court on his own.
It is unclear if G Herbo and the other co-conspirators have agreed to turn themselves in or appear in court on their own merit.
XXL has reached out to G Herbo‘s attorney and his rep for a comment on this matter.
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