Rapper G Herbo pleads not guilty to fraud and identity theft charges
Chicago rapper G Herbo pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to participating in a scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for luxurious vacation rentals and designer puppies.
The 25 year old rapper, born Herbert Wright III, appeared before a Massachusetts federal judge via videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic.
He pleaded not guilty to charges of identity theft and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Also charged in the scheme are G Herbo’s promoter, Antonio Strong, and another Chicago rapper known as Joe Rodeo and Rockstar Rodie.
Reports say G Herbo and the others used text messages, social media messages and emails to share account information taken from dark websites in order to bankroll a lavish lifestyle.
In one case, Strong allegedly ordered two designer puppies for G Herbo using a stolen credit card and fake Washington state driver’s licence.
According to the Chicago Tribune, G Herbo was on a remote stream from Los Angeles, where he’s been since he was booked last week and was released on unsecured $75,000 bond after surrendering himself to federal officials.
In the hearing, G Herbo was granted permission to travel to New Jersey to see his pregnant fiance Taina Williams and their child.
However, according to prosecutors, there is also an Atlanta woman who has a child with the rapper slated to be a witness in the case, and the rapper was told not to talk to her in regards to the case.
G Herbo faces up to six years in prison if convicted, with potential additions for more time based on past convictions.