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G Herbo Admits to Fraudulent Use of Stolen Credit Cards to Defraud Businesses in Chicago Area

G Herbo, the Chicago-area rap artist whose real name is Herbert Wright, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements to a federal official. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Wright used stolen credit card information to make expensive purchases and caused losses of $139,878.

While Wright has admitted to his own actions, his co-defendant and rap promoter, Antonio Strong, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. There are four other co-defendants involved, but their identities and trial status have not been specified in the release.

Wright used his social media presence and music videos to promote an extravagant lifestyle, which included acquiring luxury goods such as charter flights on private jets, expensive car rentals, and access to a Jamaican villa. It is alleged that Strong used stolen credit card information to make these purchases.

In court documents, a text message from Wright to Strong revealed Wright’s desire for an extended car rental, stating, “Extend that whip bro that [expletive] ain’t for no month why you be lying […] You know it don’t be costing you [expletive] to do that [expletive] dude!”

Another instance involved Wright pretending to be the purchaser of two designer Yorkshire Terriers, concealing the real buyer’s identity from the business.

When the actual cardholders discovered the fraudulent charges, they disputed them with their credit card companies. The charges were overturned, and the expenses were then back-charged to the vendor businesses and individuals, completing the fraud.

G Herbo’s actions of using stolen account information as his own unlimited funding source have led to serious consequences. Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Joshua Levy, stated, “This case should serve as a reminder that if you break the law, you will be prosecuted and held accountable – regardless of who you are.”

Wright initially denied any direct relationship with Strong to a federal agent but now faces the consequences of his actions. He and his five co-defendants were indicted in December 2020, with additional charges of false statements being brought against Wright in May 2021.

When sentenced on November 7, 2023, Wright could face up to 20 years in prison, parole, and fines for his involvement in wire fraud conspiracy and making false statements to a federal official.

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