G Herbo Faces Up To 20 Years After Guilty Plea In Federal Fraud Charges
G Herbo faces up to 20 years in prison after the rapper pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. According to the Chicago Tribune, the rapper pleaded guilty Wednesday (July 19) to using stolen identities to purchase designer puppies and funding private jets and a Jamaican villa.
“Wright used the proceeds of these frauds to travel to various concert venues and to advance his career by posting photographs and/or videos of himself on the private jets, in the exotic cars, and at the Jamaican villa,” alleged the plea agreement made public on Wednesday per Rolling Stone. “In addition, Wright helped Strong obtain designer puppies from a business by falsely representing to the business that Wright was the actual purchaser of the puppies and by concealing Strong’s actual identity from the business.”
The rapper, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, appeared in court in Massachusetts on Wednesday for a separate gun charge in his home state of Chicago. During that time, prosecutors also filed a plea agreement for the wire fraud deal as well.
While the wire fraud count carries sentencing up until 20 years, the rapper will likely serve two to three years due to current federal sentencing guidelines. According to court records, the outlet reports that he will most likely have a potential term of probation.
A plea hearing has been tentatively set for July 27 before U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.
The charges allege that Herbo lied to a U.S. federal agent in November 2018. The rapper allegedly did not disclose the full nature of his relationship with Chicago rap promoter Antonio Strong. Strong allegedly engineered the plan that racked up to $1.5 million in fraudulent charges. Herbo claimed never to have provided Strong money or accepted lavish gifts, per the Tribune.
Herbo will pay $140,000 in restitution to several alleged victims, including $10,458 to Woof Woof Puppies in Michigan, according to the plea agreement terms.