Fontrell Antonio Baines, also known as rapper Nuke Bizzle, was arrested for stealing $1.2 million from the government. The rapper was charged for using a number of fake identities to apply for unemployment benefits and rapped about defrauding the California Employment Development Department (EDD) in a music video he released on September 10, titled “EDD.”
In retrospect, the video is pretty incriminating as Nuke Bizzle talks about how he made money off the EDD scheme as he raps, “I just got rich off of EDD…I just woke up to 300 Gs.” He also mentions “go[ing] to the bank with a stack of these” while showing a stack of envelopes, possibly from the agency.
Baines was arrested on September 23 and charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. The rapper is facing 22-years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Nuke Bizzle was taken into custody back in late September into custody while in Las Vegas during a routine traffic stop. He was found with eight EDD cards bearing seven different names and $49,734 in the car.