‘LHHATL’ Star Arkansas Mo Accused Of Googling Countries Where He Could Avoid Extradition, Judge Denies His Request For Bail
Update (May 25th): Arkansas Mo‘s request for bail has been denied.
He previously asked for bail, stating that he wanted to see his daughter off to college and take care of his affairs before being sentenced in September. But prosecutors argued yesterday (May 24th) that his allegedly sneaky activity should keep him behind bars, and a judge agreed.
Prosecutors called out Arkansas Mo and said before he went to jail in December, he allegedly Googled countries where he could avoid being extradited (handed over to the country where he committed the crime). They said he often bragged about scamming people and called him a danger to the public. He also allegedly told a witness he wouldn’t get any jail time.
Original Story (May 17th): Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta‘s Arkansas Mo (real name Maurice Fayne) has pleaded guilty to six counts of federal bank fraud.
These charges were levied against Arkansas Mo due to the reality star misusing funds granted to him by a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan. The PPP was established in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s intended to help small businesses stay afloat and keep employees on the payroll. Since Arkansas Mo is the owner of a trucking company by the name of Flame Trucking, and the PPP granted the star a $2 million loan.
However, it appears as though Arkansas Mo decided to use his federal assistance for different purposes. After being granted the $2 million PPP loan, Mo used the finances to fund luxurious expenses, such as about $85,000 in jewelry and eight semi-trucks. He also stashed roughly $100,000 into various bank accounts and used the loan to pay child support.
He could get 151 months behind bars, about 12.5 years. While that may seem like a lengthy sentence, Mo was originally facing up to 30 years in prison. However, prosecutors are dropping an additional 14 charges thanks to his guilty plea, and he is only getting 12.5 years for six counts of bank fraud.
Now that he’s pleaded guilty, Arkansas Mo is trying to use the time he has left to be home with his family. He’s arguing that he is not a flight risk or a public danger, and he’s trying to use his alleged asthma and shoulder injury as reasons to remain free until his sentence begins. Mo is also claiming that he has to help his daughter prepare for college and to organize his day-to-day affairs before going to prison.
Before his legal troubles, audiences primarily knew Arkansas Mo as Karlie Redd‘s ex-husband. The pair appeared together on season 8 of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.
Arkansas Mo‘s 151-month prison sentence begins this September.
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