A Georgia man who scammed lodge rooms and luxurious limos by claiming to be with the Wu-Tang Clan has been sentenced to greater than eight years in jail.
Walker Washington, 53, was sentenced by a federal decide Thursday, and as well as to the 100 months, he was ordered to pay virtually $299,900 in restitution, in accordance to court docket paperwork.
The scheme by Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, went on for a minimum of two months in 2019.
During that point, the boys falsely stated they have been affiliated with Roc Nation and the Wu-Tang Clan, the famed rap group recognized for a lot of hits together with “C.R.E.A.M.,” and ” Protect Ya Neck,” prosecutors stated.
They additionally used stolen bank card info to ebook motels and hire limos, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia stated.
“These two flim-flam artists and their phony entourage lived large for several weeks by scamming hospitality providers,” Acting U.S. Attorney David H. Estes said in a statement.
“We commend the skeptical hotel clerk who saw through the scam and alerted law enforcement, bringing this scheme to a halt,” he stated.
The scheme was foiled after an tried Nov. 21 reserving on the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta with a request for 10 rooms, in accordance to a felony criticism. The visitor info was given as “Rocnation/WuTangClan”.
The workers thought it was a rip-off, and it was. The FBI was contacted, and Roc Nation confirmed the group was not affiliated and stated the corporate had acquired calls from different motels, the criticism says.
Some motels stated they misplaced up to $40,000. A limo firm employed for 2 autos, together with a Phantom Rolls Royce, was out greater than $59,000, in accordance to the felony criticism.
Washington and Barnes-Burpo pleaded responsible to one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October. Barnes-Burpo was sentenced to seven years in jail in March.
An lawyer listed as representing Washington didn’t instantly return a request for remark Friday night.
Washington instructed an FBI agent in February 2020 that he was primarily homeless and he deliberate the scheme with Barnes-Burpo whereas he was in jail, in accordance to the felony criticism.
“He said when he got out, they got started and it just got out of hand,” the FBI agent wrote within the doc.