Rapper arrested after boasting about defrauding coronavirus unemployment benefits in music video

A Tennessee rapper who released a song in September about defrauding California’s Employment Development Department was arrested after he allegedly applied for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits.

Fontrell Antonio Baines, a 31-year-old whose stage name is Nuke Bizzle, was arrested “pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act),” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Baines also allegedly exploited the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Provision of the CARES Act. The provision expanded unemployment benefit eligibility requirements to self-employed workers,
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