Nuke Bizzle Charged With Scamming $1.2 Million From The Government's COVID-19 Response Program
Fox News reported this week that Nuke Bizzle has found himself in trouble. The outlet claims the rapper walked a fine line between being a storyteller in his lyrics and being self-incriminating, however, it turns out he tipped over to the latter side of the line rather than the former.
There's no question that rap music is filled with a lot of exaggerations and bravado, however, sometimes rappers are being genuine when they describe what's been going on in their lives. For instance, Nuke Bizzle, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, did precisely that.
The Los Angeles Times claims the rapper touched on stealing money from the government in an unemployment benefits scheme and then bragged about it in a song. This Friday, the federal government came for Mr. Bizzle, and he was subsequently arrested.
According to Hot New Hip Hop, Nuke Bizzle has been slapped with federal charges on allegations that he stole $1.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds. Reportedly, the rapper used various identities to steal money from the government in order to fund his lifestyle in the Hollywood Hills.
The outlet says Nuke made all of his claims in the music video for "EDD," the California Employment Development Department, and it features him bragging about taking the money that he has made from the agency.
Hot New Hip Hop claims Bizzle has since been charged with fraud, identity theft, and possession of stolen property . If the federal government convicts him for the crimes, he could spend up to 22 years in jail.
This won't be the first time Nuke has been accused of such crimes either. Earlier this year, he was taken into custody on allegations of fraud. In Las Vegas, Nuke Bizzle had in his possession eight different EDD debit cards that were attached to several names and identities.
Moreover, the rapper had access to the cards without the owner's consent in addition to $50,000 in cash. Unfortunately for Bizzle, he was busted this time with 92 different cards and they had $1.2 million on them in total.