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Rapper Nuke Bizzle Gets 6-Year Sentence for COVID-19 Fraud Plot

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Fottrell Antonio Baines, aka Rapper Nuke Bizzle, is a Los Angeles-based artist. He was recently sentenced to six years in prison for his involvement in a COVID-19 fraud plot. The fraud scheme took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and was estimated to have cost the government over $1 million.

The PPP was established in April 2020 to help small businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was designed to provide loans to small businesses with the intention of using the money to cover payroll costs and other necessary expenses.

Unfortunately, the program was quickly targeted by criminals looking to make a quick profit. Nuke Bizzle was one of those criminals. He was accused of applying for PPP loans under false pretenses. In total, he was accused of applying for 11 loans totaling over 2.2 million dollars.

While he could only collect $1.2 million of the requested amount, which was still enough to land him in serious trouble, according to the public prosecutors, Nuke Bizzle did not intend to use the money to help small businesses and instead planned to fund his music career.

Judge Stephen V. Wilson sentenced Nuke Bizzle to six years of prison for his involvement in the fraud plot. In addition to the prison sentence, Nuke Bizzle will also have to pay back the total amount of the fraudulently obtained funds.

Nuke Bizzle’s case is a reminder of how criminals are continually looking for ways to take advantage of government programs like the PPP. It also shows how important it is for people to remain vigilant when applying for government assistance.

The US Attorney’s Office is currently investigating over 40 other individuals and businesses involved in similar fraud schemes. As the investigation continues, more sentences similar to Nuke Bizzle’s will likely be handed down in the coming months.

It’s clear that the US Attorney’s Office is taking these cases very seriously. The office will continue to do so to ensure that those who commit fraud are held accountable. The Nuke Bizzle case will serve as an example that fraud is a severe crime and can have serious consequences.

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