Wu-Tang Clan’s second fake rapper gets 8 years in prison for defrauding more than $ 100,000 in luxury hotels and recording studios
Georgian man who posed as a member of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and scammed over $ 100,000 from recording studios, luxury hotels and a limousine company was sentenced to more than eight years in prison, federal authorities said Thursday.
Walker Washington, 53, was one of two rappers behind the elaborate scam, which came to light in November 2019 after hotel workers in Augusta called police to report a group that s ‘was withdrawn with a tab of $ 39,000. Co-accused Aaron Barnes-Burpo, a 29-year-old Florida man, was sentenced in March to seven years in prison.
The imposters also told their victims that they were affiliated with production company Roc Nation and recruited homeless people to work as bodyguards, prosecutors said.
“These two flim-flam artists and their false entourage have lived for several weeks defrauding hospitality providers,” said US Attorney David Estes of the Southern District of Georgia.
Washington and Barnes-Burpo admitted in court to using fraudulent and stolen credit cards to rent limousines and defraud hotels, caterers and production studios, authorities said. The pair traveled in a Rolls-Royce Phantom which was leased to A-National Limousine, which lost nearly $ 60,000, and used at least two studios that reported a loss of more than $ 17,000, prosecutors said.
The cheeky program spanned at least two months in several Georgia cities, including Atlanta, August, Macon and Nashville.
Washington’s 100-month federal prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. The pair were also ordered to pay nearly $ 300,000 to 19 companies he defrauded as part of the scheme.
“These two scammers will have plenty of time to determine whether their few weeks of undeserved fame was worth several years in prison,” FBI Special Agent Chris Hacker said in a report. declaration. “With this conviction, law enforcement and the victims of their scam have said loud and clear that we will not tolerate anyone who takes everything they don’t earn or deserve.”