Chicago rapper G Herbo was sentenced to three years of probation in Massachusetts on Thursday on federal wire fraud charges in a conspiracy to use stolen identities to finance private jets, a Jamaican villa, “designer puppies” and other exotic services, and he told authorities about the matter. He lied.
G Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, was ordered to pay restitution and forfeitures, as well as a $5,500 fine.
This sentence marks the victory of the defense team, which requested a probationary period after the music artist pleaded guilty in the case. The prosecution requested 1 year and 1 day in prison and 36 months probation.
Sentencing came more than three years later The Tribune first reported Wright was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The 28-year-old actor was charged again in 2021 lie about the plan to federal agents.
Wright grew up on the South Side before his rap career took off. In 2021, she was included in Forbes’ list of 30 musicians under 30.
Wright eventually argued in his defense that private chefs, car rentals and puppies. As part of the indictment, prosecutors dismissed two allegations of identity theft.
Five more people were indicted as alleged conspirators, including his promoter and manager Antonio “T-Glo” Strong. The prosecutor said Wright’s main interest was in paying Strong to arrange flights and other accommodations that he knew were purchased with stolen credit card information.
Strong pleaded not guilty. The defense argued that Wright’s contact with him was minimal.
The defense said in its sentencing memorandum that Wright “fully accepts responsibility” in the case. The note described his troubled childhood in a Chicago neighborhood plagued by gang violence and dubbed “Terror Town” by police.
Wright was 9 years old when he first witnessed a murder. The file stated that while he and his family were moving to another apartment, a group of men gathered on his street.
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The group’s conversation escalated before someone approached and shot one of the men, according to the document. His defense said Wright also went to school the next morning.
By the time he was 17, Wright had lost 17 friends and family members to gun violence. He later developed post-traumatic stress disorder and turned to substance abuse in his youth.
“Wright feared for his and his loved ones’ lives every day,” the defense said.
The defense emphasized his painful childhood, as well as Wright’s dedication to his community and family, to justify a lighter sentence.
Father of three founded non-profit organization I’m Going through StressProviding mental health resources to black youth in Chicago. The defense said Wright was also willing to seek substance abuse treatment.
Initially, Wright denied the charges against him. cynical Investigation in a song he released in 2020. “Ask me, I was never a fraud,” he rapped.
Wright was also shotgun chargeAfter he and three others were stopped by Chicago police, who claimed they found four firearms in the vehicle.