Fugees Rapper Pras Charged For Allegedly Pressuring Trump Administration To Drop Investigation, Could Get Up 20 Years In Jail Per Charge
Rapper Pras of The Fugees has new legal woes on his hands.
Pras (born Prakazrel Michel) and a financier from Malaysia, Jho Low (born Low Taek Jho) are accused of interfering with a federal investigation to convince then-president Donald Trump’s administration to drop its investigation into investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). They also allegedly wanted to influence the administration to send a Chinese dissident back to China.
According to the Department of Justice, Pras and Low
“are alleged to have conspired with Elliott Broidy, Nickie Lum Davis, and others to engage in undisclosed lobbying campaigns at the direction of Low and the Vice Minister of Public Security for the People’s Republic of China, respectively, both to have the 1MDB embezzlement investigation and forfeiture proceedings involving Low and others dropped and to have a Chinese dissident sent back to China.”
“Michel and Low are also charged with conspiring to commit money laundering related to the foreign influence campaigns. Michel is also charged with witness tampering and conspiracy to make false statements to banks.”
For the new charges, Pras faces five to 20 years per count, if convicted.
The two were both charged in D.C. back in 2019 for allegedly raising illegal money for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, perpetuating them as legal campaign contributions while hiding where the money is really from.
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