Former Fugees Member Pras Charged In $21 Million Campaign Finance Fraud Case

It’s alleged he facilitated foreign contributions to a US presidential candidate.

Former Fugees rapper Pras Michel has been charged with campaign finance crimes in federal court, it is being reported.

According to the US Department of Justice, Prazazrel “Pras” Michel was yesterday (May 10) hit with a four-count indictment that charges him with “conspiracy to defraud the United States government and for making foreign and conduit campaign contributions,” as well as “one count of a scheme to conceal material facts and two counts of making a false entry in a record in connection with the conspiracy.”

It is alleged that Pras facilitated the transfer of approximately $21,600,000 into the United States for a Malaysian businessman named Low Taek Jho (aka “Jho Low”), who was also charged in the indictment.

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Reportedly brought into the country between June 2012 and November 2012, the money was allegedly to be used to funnel “significant sums of money into the United States presidential election as purportedly legitimate contributions, all while concealing the true source of the money.”

Which 2012 presidential candidate or candidates were to be the recipients of the money is unclear at this point.

TMZ questioned Pras about the federal civil lawsuit against Low that year, which the rapper had an alleged involvement but was not a defendant in the case.

Pras admitted his knowledge of Jho and the case, contended that his innocent and that he’s got the vocab from his team of lawyers ready for court to dodge a possible federal prison bid.

“It’s allegations of some guy trying to come here, bring money in here, it’s weird” Pras said.

I’m not even sure, something about money taking billions of dollars, I’m not even sure about the whole story.

He also stated that his race is a major factor for why he’s being targeted by the feds.

“I think the fact that I’m black, 100 percent,” Pras said. “

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