News: Geto Boys' Member Tossed In The Slammer For iPhone Scam
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 12:15PM
Geto Boys' Willie D has reportedly been sentenced to a year behind bars for his role in an Apple iPhone scam dating back two years ago.
Details on the sentencing hit the Internet Wednesday (November 3).
Willie D has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison after he was convicted on wire fraud charges stemming from the false sale of Apple iPhones. United States Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers made the announcement late afternoon on November 2. Willie D was sentenced at a hearing before United States District Court Judge Gray Miller who committeed the rapper to 12 months and one day in federal prison. Willie D was ordered to pay $194,087.17 in restitution, the amount that 35 people were scammed between September of 2008 and April 2009. Willie D is presently on bond until a prison facility is determined for him. (All Hip Hop)
The rapper pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in December 2009.
He pleaded guilty in Houston to wire fraud over the bogus sale of iPhones and other electronics. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old artist, whose real name is William James Dennis, pleaded guilty Friday over purported sales through a company called Texas One Wireless. Sentencing is April 23 for Dennis, who faces up to 20 years in prison. (Houston Chronicle)
According to reports, D's victims were mostly international customers.
This morning the Geto Boys MC and Dirty South pioneer went before District Court Judge Gray Miller at a hearing and confessed to posing as an electronics salesman and using eBay to establish his credibility with international buyers. Once he had a fish on the line, the rapper, born Willie James Dennis, would reel them outside of eBay via email. Most if not all of the rapper's victims were overseas. The Department of Justice reports that 29 people were defrauded of about $132,303 between September 2008 and April 2009. (Houston Press)
The rapper was indicted in early June 2009.
Rapper William Dennis, aka Willie D, was indicted by a grand jury on 15 counts of wire fraud. The investigation leading to Dennis' arrest came after one of the overseas purchasers filed a complaint with law enforcement authorities. Wire fraud carries a maximum punishment, upon conviction, of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Dennis is currently on bond pending trial in this case which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sherri L. Zack. (My Fox News)