Chicago rapper G Herbo is facing federal charges including aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting a larger fraud scheme, as the Chicago Tribune reports and Pitchfork can confirm via court documents. The 14-count indictment alleges that Herbo was involved in a defrauding scheme alongside eight other defendants. Among the defendants is alleged ringleader Antonio “T-Glo” Strong, identified in court documents as “promoter and manager of rappers, particularly those in the Chicago area.”
Further charges listed in the indictment include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and more. The court documents state that the defendants participated in alleged schemes dating back to 2016, during which they would “defraud numerous businesses and individuals throughout the United States by possessing, using, and transferring unauthorized and stolen payment and card account information” to “obtain valuable goods and services.” The goods and services listed in the document include private jet charters, exotic car rentals, designer puppies, and more.
When reached for comment, G Herbo’s management Machine Entertainment Group offered the following statement:
G Herbo has been charged with several offenses in Massachusetts, however, he maintains his innocence and looks forward to establishing his innocence in court.
Herbo has legal representation in Massachusetts via Prince Lobel, whose team has reached out to the US Attorney’s office in Massachusetts to make arrangements for Herbo’s appearance.
G Herbo will appear in Massachusetts whenever he is required either in person or via Zoom.
A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined comment when reached by Pitchfork.
This article was originally published on Wednesday, December 2 at 5:58 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on December 2 at 9:34 p.m. Eastern.