Willie D [click to read] has been a celebrated businessman, in addition to his 20-plus year music career. From brokering air travel, to foreign real estate, the Houston, Texas-based rapper has extended his brand beyond writing hits for The Geto Boys and numerous acclaimed solo albums, many released on Rap-A-Lot Records in the early ’90s.
Today, The Houston Press reported that the political gangsta rapper was arrested for fraud charges, through his association with Texas One Wireless. The reports state that Willie set up an eBay account, and beginning September 2008, established feedback, selling Apple‘s iPhone internationally. Once a reputation was built, the rapper reportedly asked buyers to pay him for the coveted phones through wire transfers, not authorized through the Bay Area auction powerhouse.
Deposits were reportedly made, but items were not delivered.
The rapper told victimized buyers that he filed reports of lost product through the United States Postal Service, but then would cease communication.
These federal charges, if convicted, could cause the rapper to face 20 years and/or a maximum fine of $250,000.
Willie D is supposed to appear in court today.
In the last year, Willie D had been primarily focused on developing Alabama white-rapper trio, Huntzville, whom he was writing for and producing. The group received some recognition for their song about school violence, “Backpack Fulla Guns” [click to read].