WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A pair of thieves impersonated Wu-Tang Clan hip-hop members to trick various hotels in Georgia racking up more than $100K in various charges.
- Prosecutors in an Atlanta US District Court reported that two men- Walker Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo- posed as WTC members as they checked in at Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel racking up a whopping $45,000 unpaid bill and another $39,000 debt at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
- They also rode around time in a rented Rolls-Royce that totaled to an unpaid bill of $60,000.
Two men who passed themselves as members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan were arrested for swindling hotels in Georgia, totaling more than $100K in goods and services.
According to a complaint filed in US District Court in Atlanta this week, Walker Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo told hotel management on several occasions that they were members of the iconic rap act managed by the entertainment firm Roc Nation.
Prosecutors said that the thieves checked in then left Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel without paying their bill of $45,000 in various charges while FBI reports revealed that they racked up a $39,000 unpaid tab at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Both men also rode in a Rolls-Royce rented from A-National Limousine that reported a total unpaid bill of $60,000.
Like real rappers, the duo also booked two recording studios reportedly owing more than $17,000 in unpaid studio time.
The complaint also added that the crew also allegedly used stolen and fake credit cards.
The suspects were apprehended when hotel staff in Fairfield Inn and Suites at Augusta became suspicious of a 10-room reservation purportedly listed under Roc Nation and the Wu-Tang Clan. The sales director of the hotel called Roc Nation for confirmation but was told by the company that they had no affiliation with the two men, thus, prompting hotel staff to report it to authorities.
When the two men along with several other people tried to check-in at the Augusta hotel, they were all arrested and taken into custody by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.
Barnes-Burpo and Washington were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The others who were with them were not charged except for two men who told deputies that they were homeless and were recruited by both suspects to act as their bodyguards.
Source: New York Post