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Rapper Nuke Bizzle Arrested After Bragging About Unemployment Fraud in Song (Watch)

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*He just couldn’t help himself. A Memphis rapper who bragged in a song and music video about getting rich off of unemployment fraud has been arrested on charges of fraudulently obtaining $1.2 million in COVID-19 unemployment benefits.

Nuke Bizzle (real name Fontrell Antonio Baines), 31, was charged Friday with allegedly obtaining and using debit cards that were pre-loaded with unemployment benefits administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The debit cards he received were issued in the names of third-parties, according to a 32-page complaint filed against him by U.S. State Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California.

The investigation found that 92 debit cards pre-loaded with more than $1.2 million in fraudulently obtained benefits were mailed to addresses in Beverly Hills and Koreatown that Baines had access to, according to an affidavit submitted by the Department of Justice.

In a series of since-deleted posts, Baines posted pics to his Instagram account reportedly showing him holding stacks of $100 bills, wearing expensive gold watches and boasting of renting a $6,500/month Hollywood Hills home. He also posted a music video on YouTube for a track entitled “EDD” in which he brags about doing “my swagger for EDD” while holding up a stack of envelopes from the agency and getting rich by “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these,” according to information provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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When he was arrested on Sept. 23 in Las Vegas, Baines had eight debit cards in his possession, seven of which were in the names of other people, according to the DOJ affidavit filed in the case.

He’s being charged with three felony offenses – access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted of all charges, Baines would face a statutory maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison. His arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 5.

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Dallas Man Robbed, Killed After Meeting ‘Catfish’ in Houston, Family Says

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*The family of a Dallas man who was killed during a suspected robbery say they have lost faith in the police working the case. 

Deonte Hicks, 27, reportedly drove to Houston to meet a woman he met online — but police say he was robbed and killed. The family believes he was a victim of catfishing — when a person pretends to be someone else on social media, usually with sinister intentions. 

Hicks was fatally shot on May 10, while standing outside of his car after being lured to the 1000 block of Centre Parkway, according to Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department, per PEOPLE. After the slaying, two unknown Black males were seen fleeing on foot “in an unknown direction of travel,” the Crime Stoppers release says. 

READ MORE: Viral Squirrel Does the ‘Dope Nod’ after Getting High Off of Old Pears (Watch)

No arrests have been made, and the family says the police aren’t doing enough to find Hicks’ killer(s).  

“It has not been a top priority,”  said his mother, Aleshia King. “My family and I, we’ve gone to Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I’ve called a million times. Nothing has been done. I’ve been passed off to the next person. I’ve been given the runaround. Nothing done.”

Hicks leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter. 

“Very, very loving father. Kind person,” said his aunt Tamara Peterson. “It has not been a top priority. My family and I, we’ve gone to Houston headquarters to talk to detectives. I’ve called a million times. Nothing has been done. I’ve been passed off to the next person. I’ve been given the runaround. Nothing done.”

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Florida Woman Charged with Shooting Police Says 911 Call Proves Her Innocence [VIDEO]

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*It seems anytime Black folks exercise their gun rights under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, they end up in jail. 

Some might say the law was specifically designed to give white folks the right to kill Black citizens, while at the same time entrap Blacks who to attempt to defend themselves (against suspected white supremaicts). 

Case in point… back in September, a Black woman named Diamonds Ford was charged with attempted murder for shooting a member of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. She mistook him for an intruder after he didn’t immediately identify himself while serving a warrant at her home.

Ford has stated, through her attorney, that the 911 phone call she made during the perceived threat on her home proves that she was acting in defense, according to News4Jax.

READ MORE: Ben Crump to Announce Suit Against Local Jacksonville HOA for Harassment Over Back Lives Matter flag

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Ford, 28, and her fiance’ Anthony Gantt were sleeping when they were awakened by the sound of glass shattering, her lawyer, Stephen Kelly, told News 4 JAX. He said she was unaware the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) was executing a high-risk search warrant when she shot her gun through a window in purported self-defense and hit an officer. It was only afterward when JSO identified itself, the 911 call shows.

Ford asked the dispatcher to “send somebody” because “someone is shooting.”

Listen to the 911 call via the Twitter post above.

Even though she was simply standing her ground (as Florida law states), Ford has been charged with attempted murder. She is confident that the recording of her 911 call will prove her innocence. 

“She had no idea it was law enforcement in her home. Once they made their announcement she complied,” said her attorney Stephen Kelly

Her case is yet another example of the police department creating another criminal by forcing someone to defend their home. 

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump noted in a Twitter post: “Diamonds Ford feared for her life!! This sadly reminds me of the night police killed Breonna Taylor in her home. Cops stormed into Diamonds’ home BEFORE they announced themselves, and she fired in self-defense!!”

Taylor was killed by law enforcement while they were serving a no-knock warrant on her home in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this year.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Ex-Bestie Kelsey Nicole Responds to Diss on New Album

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*Megan Thee Stallion dropped her debut album last week titled, “Good News,” and on the opening song “Shots Fired,” she takes aim at ex-boyfriend Tory Lanez and her ex-best friend, Kelsey Nicole.

Now, Kelsey has responded on social media, confirming that she and Meg are no longer friends following the shooting incident with Lanez back in July. The Canadian-born rapper is accused of shooting at Megan’s feet several times during an argument following a pool party with Kylie Jenner. He reportedly told her to “Dance B*tch” while firing and wounding her.

We previously reported… Lanez has been charged with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm, per PEOPLE.

READ MORE: Tory Lanez: Rapper Pleads Not Guilty in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Case

 

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Lanez is also facing a “gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” the DA’s office said in a press release in October.

Kelsey was with Megan on the night of the shooting and their relationship has reportely been strained ever since. Recent screenshots of Kelsey’s comments show her shading the “WAP” rapper; in one, she replied to someone quoting lyrics from “Shots Fired,” writing,: “Lol I would never want a soul like hers. Face & body don’t mean shit. Relax.”

In another verse of the track, Megan raps “Who you takin’ shots at, goofy-ass bitch?/Watchin’ me succeed from your knees, suckin’ dick/I know you want attention from the n****s that I get/I’m a steak, you a side plate, shrimp, stay in your place.” To which Kelsey replied, “The most weirdo sh*t she could’ve ever said,” in response to the verse. 

Lanez allegedly offered hush money to both Kelsey and Meg, which the hip-hop star confirmed in her new interview with GQ: “This [is] like right in the middle of all the protesting. Police are just killing everybody for no reason, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe you even think I want to take some money. Like, you just shot me.’”

Lanez took to Twitter in October to react to the felony charges he’s facing over the incident.

“the truth will come to the light,” he wrote. “I have all faith in God to show that … love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart … a charge is not a conviction . If you have supported me or meg thru this , I genuinely appreciate u.”

Megan has not yet addressed her fallout with Kelsey.

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