Freebandz Gang Rap Group Arrested for Million-Dollar Bank & Identity Theft Scheme

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If Rick Ross didn’t prove that the hype can’t always be trusted with “Idols Become Rivals,” the indictment of Charlotte-based rap group Freebandz Gang surely will. The seven-member collective — James Murray Willingham, Jr., 23, Damonte Withers, 27, Deandre Howze, 23, Jeffrey Monteith, 22, Quadarius Thomas, 23, Laerek Williams, 25, and Nemiah Davis, 25 — is being charged with several counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Two of the members will separately face firearm-related charges.

While the way they got caught is unclear, the elaborate scheme was bound to end badly. Local news outlet WSOCTV Charlotte spoke to authorities on the case, who said the tactic was “lucrative” but “dangerous.”

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Credit: Charlotte Police Department