Rapper, G Herbo surrenders to authorities after allegedly being involved in federal fraud case

December 4, 2020

American rapper, G Herbo has reportedly surrendered to authorities after being charged with fraud.

The rapper, whose real name is Herbert Wright III is among several individuals accused of conducting a multi-year, million-dollar fraud scheme, according to a 14-count indictment that was filed in September and made public Wednesday.

They are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud as well as aggravated identify theft. Herbo’s co-defendants include his manager/promoter Antonio “T-Glo” Strong, South Side rapper Joseph “Joe Rodeo” Williams, as well as alleged co-conspirators Steven Hayes Jr., Demario Sorrells, and Terrence Bender.

Federal prosecutors say Herbo and his crew used stolen IDs and credit card information, possibly obtained through the “dark web,” to make extravagant purchases over the last few years. These included trips on private jets, limo services, high-end car rentals, a Jamaican vacation, illegally charged trips across the country, and two designer puppies, totaling about $1.5 million.

The Tribune reports the latest instance of alleged fraud occurred in early September when one of the defendants used fake information to purchase a hotel room in downtown Chicago, where Strong and others stayed.

According to documents from the Department of Justice for the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, which were obtained by XXL, G Herbo, 25, self-surrendered in the Central District of California on Thursday. All defendants are to appear in court in Springfield, Mass. on Dec. 7.

A rep for the Chicago rapper told the outlet, “He [G Herbo] maintains his innocence and looks forward to establishing his innocence in court. Herbo has legal representation in Massachusetts via Prince Lobel, whose team has reached out to the US Attorney’s office in Massachusetts to make arrangements for Herbo’s appearance. G Herbo will appear in Massachusetts whenever he is required either in person or via Zoom.”

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