Big Freedia Pleads Guilty To Federal Theft Charge
Rucuss staffMarch 18, 2016
Big Freedia owned up to his mistakes.
The Queen of Bounce pleaded guilty in a New Orleans federal courtroom to a charge of federal government theft related to Section 8 housing vouchers. Freedia stole more than $1,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development between 2010 and 2014.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office accused her of continuing to receive housing assistance after he was making too much money to be eligible for it. Freedia, whose real name is Freddie Ross, Jr., had acknowledged in a March 1 statement she continued to receive aid as her fame quickly ascended and her “financial situation changed.”
The government and Freedia reached a plea deal, in which both parties agreed to a “statement of facts.” The plea deal required Freedia to pay restitution of approximately $34,800. It did not speak to potential jail time. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, who presided over Wednesday’s hearing, is scheduled to sentence Freedia June 16.
Freedia underreported her income each year from 2010-2014 to the Housing Authority of New Orleans. According to NOLA.com, Freedia listed her annual income as $0 in 2010; $14,400 in 2011; $12,000, plus a one-time gift from her father in 2013; and $12,000 in 2014. On the same forms, Freedia listed her assets each year in amounts between $0 and $250. Applicants are required to notified HANO about any change in income within 10 days
Freedia could face maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Photos via Nola.com and Sheknows.com
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