Rapper G Herbo admits guilt in utilizing stolen credit cards for private jets, luxury vehicles, and Jamaican villa stay
Rapper G Herbo to plead guilty to federal wire fraud charges.
Chicago rapper G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, has made the decision to plead guilty to federal charges against him. These charges accuse him of using stolen credit card information to fund lavish expenses such as private jets, expensive meals, luxury cars, and even a stay at a villa in Jamaica. The agreement was signed by G Herbo on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Boston, where he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of lying to federal agents.
Although the deal still needs to be approved by a judge, if accepted, Wright could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. However, it is possible that the actual sentence could be significantly less. A hearing for this case is set to take place later this month.
The indictment, which was issued in late 2020, accuses Wright and five others of obtaining stolen credit card information from various sources, including "dark web sites." To carry out their fraudulent activities, they used fake IDs, driver's licenses, and email accounts under aliases and real businesses. This allowed them to deceive individuals and companies for their own gain.
One specific incident mentioned in the indictment involved Antonio Strong, who claimed to be Wright's manager. Strong allegedly used a stolen credit card to order two designer puppies for Wright from a pet company in November 2017. The same stolen credit card was then used to pay for a car service to deliver the puppies to Chicago.
Another instance outlined in the indictment occurred in July 2019 when Wright allegedly messaged Strong on Instagram, requesting a reservation for a private villa in Jamaica. Strong allegedly made the reservation using stolen payment information, and Wright and his associates stayed at the villa from July 7 to July 11.
The indictment also detailed several other fraudulent payments, including the rental of luxury vehicles in March 2017.
G Herbo, originally from Chicago's South Side, gained recognition as a prominent figure in the city's drill music scene during the early 2010s. Alongside fellow rappers Chief Keef and Lil Durk, he helped bring Chicago's drill music to international prominence. His music has been praised for its raw and honest portrayal of the violence he experienced while growing up in the city, as well as the impact it had on his mental health.
Despite his success in the music industry and his philanthropic efforts within his community, Wright has faced ongoing legal issues that have hindered his rise to fame. Just recently, he was found in possession of a loaded handgun during a traffic stop in the River North neighborhood. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon, as prosecutors denied felony charges. The arrest report does not mention any additional charges related to the cannabis that was allegedly found during the stop.
Court records from Cook County reveal that Wright has faced multiple criminal cases since 2014, mostly related to drug and gun charges, many of which have been dropped. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and received a two-year probation sentence.