A Georgia man who scammed hotel rooms and luxury limos by claiming to be with the Wu-Tang Clan has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
Walker Washington, 53, was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday, and in addition to the 100 months, he was ordered to pay almost $299,900 in restitution, according to court documents.
The scheme by Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, went on for at least two months in 2019.
During that time, the men falsely said they were affiliated with Roc Nation and the Wu-Tang Clan, the famed rap group known for many hits including “C.R.E.A.M.,” and “Protect Ya Neck,” prosecutors said.
They also used stolen credit card information to book hotels and rent limos, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said.
“These two flim-flam artists and their phony entourage lived large for several weeks by scamming hospitality providers,” Acting U.S. Attorney David H. Estes said in a statement.
“We commend the skeptical hotel clerk who saw through the scam and alerted law enforcement, bringing this scheme to a halt,” he said.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel