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SCAMMER SZN: Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue Posts THIS After Being Hit With Federal Charges For Alleged Role In $24 Million COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

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Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue has been hit with federal charges for allegedly being involved in a $24 million COVID-19 relief fraud scheme. Today, he shared his first posts since the indictment and it appears he purchased a new suit for court. Find out what he said inside…

When scheming goes wrong.

COVID-19 is hemming all the (alleged) scammers up. This time, Pretty Ricky artist Baby Blue is caught up in the mix.

Pretty Ricky member Baby Blue (real name Diamond Smith) is facing serious federal charges for his alleged involvement in a $24 million COVID-19 relief scheme. The “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star and a Pennsylvania woman named Tonye C. Johnson – who is a towing company owner - was arrested and charged for their alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications, seeking more than $24 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to the Department of Justice.

Baby Blue and Johnson were charged in the Southern District of Florida with wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

Apparently, Baby Blue was blowing the PPP money fast on materialistic things like a $96,000 Ferrari and he made other luxury purchases using PPP loan funds. It’s alleged he received $426,717 from a PPP loan for his company, Throwbackjersey.com LLC, “using falsified documents.” Womp.

The DOJ reports:

Diamond Blue Smith, 36, of Miramar, Florida, and Tonye C. Johnson, 28, of Flourtown, Pennsylvania, were charged in federal criminal complaints filed in the Southern District of Florida with wire fraud, bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Smith was arrested and appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Regina D. Cannon of the Northern District of Georgia. Johnson was arrested on Oct. 1, 2020, and appeared on Oct. 2, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry S. Perkin of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The complaints, which were unsealed today, allege that Smith and Johnson conspired with others to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent PPP loans.

The Feds snatched up Baby Blue’s Ferrari when he was arrested. It’s also alleged he withdrew $271,805 in PPP loan proceeds. The FBI's investigation also alleged Baby Blue and his female accomplice were allegedly part of a larger scheme, with at least 11 other defendants. LAWD!

The complaints allege that Smith and Johnson conspired with others to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent PPP loans. Early in their scheme, Smith and Johnson’s co-conspirator, Phillip J. Augustin, allegedly obtained a fraudulent PPP loan for his talent management company using falsified documents. After submitting that application, Augustin then began to work with other co-conspirators on a scheme to submit numerous fraudulent PPP loan applications for confederate loan applicants, in order to receive kickbacks for obtaining the forgivable loans for them. The complaints allege that the scheme involved the preparation of at least 90 fraudulent applications, most of which were submitted. Augustin, Smith, Johnson, and other conspirators in the scheme are alleged to have applied for PPP loans that are together worth more than $24 million. Many of those loan applications were approved and funded by financial institutions, paying out at least $17.4 million.

Sheesh! That saying "what goes on in the dark comes to light" has manifested right before our eyes.

Today, Baby Blue was scheduled to make a court appearance. He shared flicks of himself before going before a judge, asking his fans to wish him luck:

Looks like he hit up a clothing store to cop a new suit to rock for his court proceedings.

In May, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star/Karlie Redd's ex-husband Arkansas Mo was arrested for allegedly funding his luxury lifestyle with $3.75 million PPP loan. SMH.

We know times are hard for most of us right now, but jail isn't where you want to be right now....or ever.

 

Photo: Baby Blue's IG

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