The rapper G Herbo is in more legal problem in connection with an alleged scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for a lavish lifestyle
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The rapper G Herbo is in more legal trouble in relation to an alleged scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors said.
The Chicago native, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, was charged Wednesday with lying to federal investigators, according to a statement from the U.S. lawyer’s office in Boston.
Back in December, G Herbo, 25, was among six individuals, such as his promoter Antonio Powerful, indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Authorities say the suspects used text messages, social media messages and emails to discuss account data taken from dark websites for trips on private jets, exotic car rentals, yacht charters, luxury vacation rentals, and even designer dogs.
During the investigation from November 2018, G Herbo advised a federal agent he never worked together or was assisted by Strong; not supplied Strong any money; never received anything of value from Strong; and had no immediate connection with Powerful, prosecutors said.
In reality, the two had worked together since 2016, had exchanged money and precious products, and had regular direct contact through telephone conversations, text messages along with social media messages,” prosecutors said.
An email seeking comment was sent Thursday to G Herbo’s attorney. Strong’s federal public defender said through email he had no comment.
The charge of earning false statements carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
G Herbo was named in December into Forbes’ 30 under 30 music list and appeared last November on”The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon to perform the song”PTSD” together with Chance that the Rapper.
He published his debut mix tapes”Welcome into Fazoland” and”Pistol P Project” in 2014, both of them named for friends who had been murdered in Chicago. He also started a program in Chicago known as Swervin’ Through Stress aimed at providing urban youths tools to browse mental wellbeing.