Rapper brags in music video about fraudulent unemployment benefits, gets arrested by feds

"Nuke Bizzle" reportedly applied for over $1.2 million in benefits, made available in the coronavirus relief act signed into law this spring.

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Updated: October 17, 2020 - 9:15pm

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A rapper who bragged in a music video about obtaining fraudulent unemployment benefits has been arrested by federal agents on charges related to the alleged scheme, according to the Justice Department.

Fontrell Antonio Baines, who raps under the name Nuke Bizzle, "boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich from committing unemployment benefits fraud," the DOJ said Friday in a press release. He was arrested on Friday "pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act."

Baines and several co-conspirators reportedly utilized fake addresses to obtain pre-loaded benefit cards, with which they were able to access over $700,000 in cash. 

In one music video, Baines reportedly bragged about "go[ing] to the bank with a stack of" unemployment cards. He is facing a maximum of 22 years in prison related to the charges. 

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