G Herbo Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges, Facing 20 Years in Prison

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G Herbo has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges and could potentially be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

As per the report from the Chicago Tribune, the rapper pleaded guilty on Wednesday (July 19) to using stolen identities to pay for private jets, a Jamaican villa, and designer puppies. He also lied about it to agents.

Herbo (real name Herbert Wright III) was ordered to appear in a Massachusetts court on Wednesday due to a separate gun charge in Chicago. At the same time, prosecutors filed a plea agreement, laying out the terms of the wire fraud deal.

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The wire fraud count has a maximum penalty of 20 years, but based on federal sentencing guidelines, Herbo would probably be facing a sentence of two to three years in prison.

A plea hearing has been tentatively scheduled for July 27 before U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.

The plea comes more than two years after G Herbo was originally charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Later, in 2021, the charge of lying to agents was added in a separate indictment.

Herbo, along with five others were accused of using stolen identities to carry out fraudulent charges totaling up to $1.5 million. The charges were used to obtain goods and services, such as private jet trips, a personal chef, a vacation at a Jamaican villa, and puppies from a business in Michigan.

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He denied any wrongdoing at the time he was charged and also addressed the allegations in a song titled “Statement,” which was released in December 2020.

“Let’s talk about them jets, yeah, let’s talk about Jamaica/ Ask about me, I ain’t never been a fraud/ I went hard from the start/ In my city I’m a God, muthafucka/ If you know, you know,” he rapped on the song.

The charges against G Herbo claimed that he lied to a federal agent in November 2018 regarding his association with promoter Antonio Strong. Strong was believed to be the mastermind behind the identity theft scheme.

G Herbo falsely claimed that he never provided any money to Antonio Strong and never received anything of value from him. He also denied having a direct relationship with Strong.

Regarding his Chicago gun case, Herbo was arrested on July 9 after police officers conducted a traffic stop due to him failing to display a turn signal. During the stop, law enforcement found a Glock 33 in his vehicle, which led to his arrest.

Herbo was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in a public place after the discovery of the Glock 33 during the traffic stop. He was able to post bond and was released from jail shortly after the arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on a later date.