Florida man is going to have a hard time after posing as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan to defraud several hotels over $ 300,000.
According to a report from Atlanta WSB-TV Tuesday March 16, a 29-year-old man named Aaron Barnes-Burpo was sentenced to seven years in prison after claiming to be a member of the rap team based in Staten Island, New York and affiliated with Roc Nation, to fool hotels with free services. He was reportedly charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Southern Georgia Acting District Attorney David H. Estes applauded a hotel employee for a job well done. “For several weeks, these men defrauded several companies by posing as famous musical artists and their followers,” Acting US Attorney Estes said. “Thanks to an alerted hotel employee, their false hit parade abruptly ended.”
The report also notes that in court documents and testimony, Barnes-Burpo alongside his co-defendant Walker Washington confessed to “misrepresenting himself as being affiliated with production company Roc Nation and the hip group. -hop. Wu-Tang Clan as early as September 2019, and used these fictitious representations along with fraudulent and stolen credit cards to rent luxury limousines and defraud hotels, caterers and production studios of thousands of dollars in goods and services in several cities, mainly in the southeast. “
The Georgian Terrace Hotel and the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta said the duo failed to pay bills of $ 45,000 and $ 39,000, respectively.
On November 21, 2019, the staff at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, Georgia became skeptical of Barnes-Burpo and Washington, and that’s when their scam began to dissolve. The hotel employees then informed the FBI and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to Barnes-Burpo serving seven years in prison, he also has to reimburse nearly $ 300,000 to 19 companies victims of his fraudulent scheme and serve three years of supervised release.
Washington, 52, awaits sentencing. He was also charged with conspiracy to commit electronic fraud.
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