Chicago rapper G Herbo and several members of his crew were charged in federal court with using stolen credit card details and IDs to pay for private jets, expensive meals and designer puppies over the last four years.
G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, is charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Also charged in the scheme are Joseph Williams, Steven Hayes Jr., Demario Sorrells and Terrence Bender, the 14-count indictment states.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy allegedly started around March 2016, when Wright, 25, and his co-defendants allegedly obtained stolen credit card information from “dark web sites” and co-conspirators.
They also allegedly used fake IDs, driver’s licenses and e-mail accounts in the names of aliases and real businesses to fool companies and individuals, the indictment states.
“Generally, because the defendants and their co-conspirators provided authentic payment card information, the defrauded businesses and individuals successfully processed their transactions and provided the goods and services,” the indictment states.
Wright and his crew would allegedly pass the stolen information to each other through texts, social media messages, emails and phone calls, according to the indictment.
Bender allegedly used a stolen credit card to pay for a car service to deliver the puppies to Chicago, according to the indictment.
Herbo, a South Side native, grew into something of a hometown hero as a teenager in the early 2010s, helping lead Chicago’s drill music to international prominence alongside fellow rappers and collaborators Chief Keef and Lil Durk.
His latest album, “PTSD,” was released in February, and he performed the title track with Chance the Rapper earlier this month on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Though the rapper has been slapped with weapons and battery charges in recent years, he’s most recently made headlines for his community outreach on the South Side, hosting food drives and back-to-school giveaways in West Pullman and Bronzeville.
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