Chicago rapper G Herbo will plead guilty to charges related to using stolen credit card information to pay for private jets, luxury vehicles and «designer puppies,» according to a federal court filing.
G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, 27, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. federal prosecutors announced in December 2020. He was one of six co-defendants in the case, authorities said.
Prosecutors filed documents in the US District Court in Massachusetts on Wednesday showing the rapper has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements. A conspiracy conviction carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but potential sentences could be reduced, depending on the plea agreement.
G Herbo’s lawyer was not immediately reached for comment on Friday.
The plea agreement has yet to be accepted by a judge, and a hearing is scheduled for later this month, court records show.
In May 2021, G Herbo was indicted on one count of making false statements to a federal official, prosecutors said in a statement.
According to prosecutors, he lied to a federal agent in November 2018 and told him that he never worked with or was assisted by one of the co-defendants in the case, a rap promoter, prosecutors said.
G Herbo allegedly told the federal agent that he never gave the promoter any money, received nothing of value from him and had no direct relationship with the promoter, prosecutors alleged.
Prosecutors, however, said he provided money and received services from the promoter that included «private jet charters, luxury accommodations and exotic car rentals.»
G Herbo also frequently contacted the promoter directly through “phone conversations, text messages and Instagram messages,” prosecutors said.
The promoter used a stolen account to fly the rapper and others on chartered planes to places including Austin, Texas, and a villa in Jamaica, according to the 2020 indictment.
That indictment also said the defendants used the stolen credit cards for goods and services including «private jet travel, private yacht charters, private chef and security guard services, designer puppies, limousine and chauffeur services, and commercial airline flights,» the Justice Department said.
They obtained the stolen credit card information from the dark web and shared the information through text messages, social media messages, emails or phone chats, according to the indictment.
G Herbo has been listed on Forbes’ 30 under 30 music list. He released his debut mix tapes «Welcome to Fazoland» and «Pistol P Project» in 2014, both named after friends who had been murdered in Chicago.
Wright’s album «PTSD» peaked at number 7 on the Billboard charts in March 2020. nbc chicago informed.
He also started a program in Chicago called Swervin’ Through Stress aimed at giving the city’s youth tools to help them overcome mental health issues.
Madelyn Urabe and The Associated Press contributed.