Fontrell Antonio Baines, known by his artistic name “Nuke Bizzle," was just arrested for allegedly committing fraud under the CARES act and reaping benefits from COVID unemployment programs, after he bragged about doing so in a YouTube video.
The rapper recently made a music video in which he boasts about getting rich off of scamming the government for money given out under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
According to The Hill, Baines, who is 31 years old and lives in California, allegedly applied for more than $1.2 million in benefits from the government.
Baines was found and arrested on Sept. 23 in Las Vegas, NV, with eight debit cards on his person, seven of which were not in his name.
Later on, authorities verified that he possessed 92 different debit cards in his possession, all under different names, some belonging to victims of identity theft.
By the time he was arrested, Baines and his circle had allegedly already cashed in $704,000 USD of benefits in combined cash and purchases.
People all over the world have been running similar scams and getting caught, but they usually refrain from bragging about it on YouTube.
The music video features a guest artist known as “Fat Wizza” and was posted on YouTube on the Sept. 11.
In the video “Nuke Bizzle” talks about things such as “my swagger for EDD”, referring to the state of California’s Employment Development Department, in an alleged case of art imitating real life. His guest says “You gotta sell cocaine, I just file a claim,"
Baines is now facing a maximum of 22 years in prison for several fraud-related charges.