AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Two guys have confessed to fraudulently professing to be portion of a famed musical team to steal from accommodations and a limousine business.



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Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, of Crestview, Fla., and Walker Washington, 52, of Augusta, each individual pled responsible in U.S. District Court docket on Conspiracy to Dedicate Wire Fraud. The demand carries a penalty of up to 20 yrs in jail, adopted by up to 5 decades of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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“These gentlemen perform-acted as bigshots so they could rip off hospitality vendors for luxurious remedy, but their fraud fell aside thanks to an inform Augusta resort clerk,” Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of Ga, claimed in the release.

“It didn’t acquire Nick Cannon to determine out the defendants have been lip-synching, and they’ll be disappointed to master that their upcoming lodging in federal jail will not be as swanky as those resorts ” Attorney Christine mentioned.

According to the report, in court paperwork and testimony, equally men admitted that they portrayed by themselves as affiliated with the Roc Country generation business and the hip-hop team Wu-Tang Clan, and utilised people representations along with fraudulent and stolen credit playing cards to hire luxury limousines and defraud motels of countless numbers of pounds in items and solutions in cities like Augusta, Atlanta, and Florence, Ala.

The fraud unraveled when staff members at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta became suspicious and alerted authorities.

“Facing up to 20 decades in federal jail, these two defendants may possibly dilemma whether their brief-lived plan to dwell like rap stars was truly worth it,” Chris Hacker, Specific Agent in Demand of FBI Atlanta, said in the launch. “As this scenario demonstrates, regulation enforcement and the group will not tolerate everyone who fraudulently steals or will take anything at all that they do not gain or should have.”

The situation is getting investigated by the FBI and other state and nearby authorities and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia G. Rhodes.

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