LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A rapper who bragged in a YouTube music video about getting rich from an unemployment scam was arrested Friday on federal charges of fraudulently applying for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits, the Department Of Justice officials said.

Fontrell Antonio Baines, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., is known online as Nuke Bizzle. Federal officials say he is currently a resident in the Hollywood Hills and is expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Baines was arrested Sept. 23 by Las Vegas police and was found to be in possession of eight EDD debit cards, seven of which were in the names of other people, according to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against Baines.

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In the video, which apparently was posted on Sept. 11, prosecutors say Baines rapped about doing “my swagger for EDD” and getting rich by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these” while holding up a several envelopes from EDD. A second man in the video raps, “you gotta sell cocaine, I just file a claim…”

The criminal complaint alleges Baines exploited the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provision of federal coronavirus relief, or CARES Act, that was supposed to expand unemployment benefits to freelance and gig workers.

According to the affidavit, the investigation turned up at least 92 EDD debit cards preloaded with more than $1.2 million in fraudulent obtained benefits mailed to addresses that Baines had access to in Beverly Hills and Koreatown. Federal investigators say Baines and his co-schemers allegedly withdrew or spent more than $704,000 in cash from these cards.

Baines has been charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted as charged, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison.

Comments (118)
  1. Joseph Joseph says:

    Probably the tip of a large iceberg…

    1. jim says:

      i say put him in the electric chair

  2. Gary says:

    This is next level, Darwin type stupid.

  3. LA NUKKA says:

    Clout has greater value than critical thinking skills – the IRS should take a closer look at this genius.

  4. Get that azz-wipe for every penny. The smart-azz punk. Make him pay every cent back and then some.
    And some several years of community service for his prank.
    Just how does scams like this get through the IRS cracks??? Something is very wrong, somewhere.

  5. Remey Rune says:

    so many of these are indeed fraud cases, 50% at least

  6. Warrior of GOD says:

    They can’t help themselves, they’re so stupid!

  7. MF Doom says:

    Rap snitches. Telling all their business. Get on the stand and be their own star witness.

    1. gonz says:

      nice rhyme -gonz

  8. Gamera says:

    These are the mental midgets that the demo-k–k—k—raps love so much and depend on votes from.

  9. rob bennett says:

    No one ever said you had to have any intelligence to9 be a rapper.

  10. West K says:

    so he basic made the list for next level of a black person like dude how dumb can you be. like your not the intelligent and if my spelling sucks F U

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