- A rapper from South Florida has been accused of pocketing coronavirus relief money for personal gains
- The rapper, Baby Blue, was arrested alongside an accomplice over their alleged role in a COVID-19 fraud scheme
- Baby Blue was accused of using the obtained funds to buy a Ferrari
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South Florida rapper Diamond Blue Smith aka Baby Blue has been nabbed by officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and accused of illegally obtaining coronavirus funds for personal gains.
The rap star who is a member of music group Pretty Ricky and also a cast member on Love and Hip Hop: Miami, was arrested alongside an accomplice identified as Tonye Johnson for their alleged roles in a $24million (N9.2b) coronavirus relief fraud scheme, NBC Miami reports.
According to the same media, both individuals are faced with wire, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud.
Baby Blue was accused of obtaining money for a luxury Ferrari automobile by using fake documents to obtain a Paycheck Protection Program loan worth about $427,000 (N164m) dollars.
The rapper and reality star was accused of doing the same to obtain another loan up to the tune of $1 million (N384m).
Meanwhile, in a similar COVID-19 fund diversion story, Legit.ng previously reported that an official of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NDDC), Chief Sobamo Jackrich, alleged that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) diverted N6.25 billion.
The official stated that the funds were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as COVID-19 palliative for indigent persons in Niger Delta.
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Jackrich who is also the chairman of the Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) made the allegation in a petition dated Monday, August 3, sent to the Senate and House of Representatives.
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