A Georgia man has been sentenced to greater than eight years in federal jail for utilizing stolen bank cards to dwell massive in resorts and limousines whereas claiming to have ties to the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
Walker Washington of Augusta was sentenced to 100 months in jail after pleading responsible to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, David H. Estes, appearing U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of Georgia, stated in a information launch.
U.S. District Choose Dudley H. Bowen additionally ordered Washington, 53, to pay about $300,000 to 19 companies defrauded within the scheme, in response to the discharge. He should serve three years of supervised launch after his jail time period is accomplished. There is no such thing as a parole within the federal system.
Washington’s co-defendant, Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, of Crestview, Florida, was beforehand sentenced to seven years after pleading responsible to the identical cost and in addition should pay $300,000 in restitution to the companies.
“These two flim-flam artists and their phony entourage lived massive for a number of weeks by scamming hospitality suppliers,” Estes stated. “We commend the skeptical lodge clerk who noticed by way of the rip-off and alerted regulation enforcement, bringing this scheme to a halt.”
Barnes-Burpo and Washington admitted that they falsely claimed to be affiliated with the Roc Nation manufacturing firm and the Wu-Tang Clan and used fraudulent and stolen bank cards to hire limousines, defraud resorts, caterers and manufacturing studios in a number of cities as early as September 2019, prosecutors stated.
Employees on the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta grew to become suspicious on Nov. 21, 2019, and notified the FBI and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Workplace, the discharge stated.
“These two scammers may have loads of time to determine if their few weeks of unearned fame was price a number of years in jail,” stated Chris Hacker, particular agent in command of FBI Atlanta.