Rapper who boasted about unemployment fraud scheme arrested

California EDD office

The rapper recently made a music video in which he boasts about getting rich off of scamming the government for money given out under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

His music video for the song "EDD" was posted on his YouTube account back on September 11 and has racked up more than 530,000 views.

Baines now faces three federal charges in the case - access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

According to a warrant affidavit, Baines boasted of his ability to defraud the California Employment Development Department (EDD) in a music video he released on September 10, titled EDD. He's also seen holding up a stack of benefits envelopes and bank cards.

Baines was arrested for allegedly obtaining California Employment Development Department (EDD) debit cards issued in other people's names, including those who had their identities stolen.

Baines' arrest took place on September 23 in Las Vegas, where he was found in possession of eight Employment Development Department (EDD) debit cards.


Bizzle is accused of exploiting a provision in the CARES Act called the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which expands access to unemployment benefits to those who would otherwise be ineligible for the benefits.

Another rapper states, "You gotta sell cocaine, I just file a claim".

"Baines allegedly exploited the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provision of the CARES Act, which is created to expand access to unemployment benefits to self-employed workers, independent contractors, and others who would not otherwise be eligible", federal officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times. Baines has since pleaded not guilty to the charges related to the arrest and was released on bail, the Times reports.

In Friday's announcement of federal charges, prosecutors said at least 92 debit cards were "pre-loaded with $1.2 million in fraudulently obtained benefits" mailed to addresses associated with the rapper.

Baines and his conspirators allegedly accessed more than $704,000 of these benefits through cash withdrawals, including in Las Vegas, as well as purchases of merchandise and services.

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