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An impostor from the Wu-Tang clan has been jailed for eight years for using stolen credit cards to defraud a series of hotels and limousine companies.
Walker Washington, 53, claimed to have ties to the hip-hop group as he scammed businesses, including caterers and production studios in several cities.
In addition to the rap group, prosecutors said he also claimed to be affiliated with production company Roc Nation, founded by Jay-Z.
Washington of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced to 100 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud.
He also must serve three years of supervised release and reimburse $ 300,000 to 19 defrauded companies
Washington co-accused Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, of Crestview, Fla., Had previously been sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to the same count and must also pay $ 300,000 in restitution.
“These two crooks will have plenty of time to determine whether their few weeks of undeserved fame was worth several years in prison,” said Chris Hacker, special agent in charge of the FBI Atlanta.
Staff at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta became suspicious of the men in November 2019 and contacted the FBI and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
“These two flim-flam artists and their false entourage have lived for several weeks defrauding hotel service providers,” said David Estes, acting US attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
“We congratulate the skeptical hotel employee who saw through the scam and alerted law enforcement, putting an end to this ploy.”
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