Guerilla Black, the Notorious B.I.G sound alike rapper, made headlines last week after being arrested for identity theft.
The 33-year-old rapper was arrested at his Los Angeles home last week Thursday (July 12). A 22-count indictment alleges that the rapper, whose real name is Charles Tony Williamson, purchased and used stolen credit/debit card numbers obtained through computer hacks of two Seattle, WA businesses.
According to the indictment, between January 2011 to February 2012, Black received and used at least 27,257 stolen credit card numbers from American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. He allegedly used e-mail to communicate with the two hackers, requesting "dumps" of stolen credit card numbers "in bulk" of 100, 500 or more. He also requested "freshly" stolen numbers, because it'd take longer for victims to realize their info had been stolen.
Two co-conspirators (David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, of the Netherlands, and Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Maryland) have also been indicted and arrested in the scheme. Schroebel plead guilty when he was arrested in November 2011, he’ll be sentenced next month. Schrooten was arrested in Romania in March and was extradited to Western Washington last month.
Guerilla Black faces numerous charges including two counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization to further fraud; six counts of access device fraud; eight counts of bank fraud; and five counts of aggravated identity theft.
Crimes such as bank fraud is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine; access device fraud and damaging a protected computer are punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. It’s still unclear how much actual time Guerilla Black will serve.
- By Natasha Scott