Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue Sentenced to 20 Months for COVID Scam
The cute Ricky Baby rapper Blue Whoaaa received his spell for participating in a COVID-19 loan scam last year.
According to court documents obtained by XXL On Wednesday (December 22), the South Florida rhymer, born Diamond Blue Smith, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on December 16 on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Baby Blue’s conviction comes more than a year after he was accused in October 2020 of filing bogus loan applications to obtain funds specifically allocated to small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of United States via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Safety Act (CARES). Baby Blue has received over $ 24 million.
In addition, he must pay $ 1,111,345.23 in restitution and an assessment fee of $ 100.
Baby Blue Whoaaa, who previously said he risked life in prison for the crime, was ordered to go “to the facility designated by the Bureau of Prisons or to the United States Marshal for that district” – “in the Southern District of Florida or a facility closest to Atlanta, Georgia” —by 2:00 pm on February 7, 2022.
As previously reported, Baby Blue appeared in court last October after being charged with federal charges. He was also about to use false documents to receive a PPP loan of $ 426,717 for his company Throwbackjersey.com LLC. An additional loan using forged documents was obtained for his company Blue Star Records, LLC in the amount of $ 708,065.
The rapper, who rose to popularity in the mid-2000s with his band Pretty Ricky and recently embarked on the Millennium Tour with his band mates Bow Wow, Ashanti and more, is said to have withdrawn $ 271,805 in loan funds. . He also reportedly purchased a $ 96,000 Ferrari, which was seized when taken into custody, along with the other lavish items he purchased with the loan funds.
Baby Blue Whoaaa didn’t work out on its own, however. A man by the name of Tonye C. Johnson has also been accused of participating in the scheme. Johnson is said to have obtained a PPP loan in the amount of $ 389,627 for his company Synergy Towing & Transport LLC. Forged documents were also used to obtain these funds.
The wire fraud scheme reportedly involved at least 90 fraudulent claims, most of which were submitted.
The federal government also claimed that Baby Blue recruited accomplices to apply for loans, which would allow him to receive illegal payments as compensation for the service. Eleven people were involved in the case.
The IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) in Miami and Cincinnati, the FBI in Miami and Cleveland, and the Office of the Inspector General of the Small Business Association (SBA-OIG) have completed the investigations of Baby Blue and Tonye C. Johnson.
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