Two men confessed to fraudulently claiming to be affiliated with the Roc Nation production company and the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, and used those representations along with fraudulent and stolen credit cards to rent luxury limousines and defraud hotels of thousands of dollars in goods and services in cities in Georgia and Alabama.
Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, of Crestview, Fla., and Walker Washington, 52, of Augusta, each pled guilty in U.S. District Court on Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. The charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, followed by up to 5 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
The scam unraveled when staff at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, Ga. became suspicious and alerted authorities. The case is being investigated by the FBI and other state and local authorities and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia G. Rhodes.