Detroit Rapper CrèMe Receives Prison Sentence for $27 Million Tax Fraud Scam
A rapper from Detroit, CrèMe was given a prison sentence for her part in a $27 million tax fraud scam.
Former Detroit resident Sameerah Marrell, now 42 years old, pled guilty on January 11 to mail fraud, wire fraud, and violating bond conditions. According to reports, she had been missing for more than a month before being found in Tennessee and taken into custody early in December.
Though legally known as Sameerah Marrell, CrèMe formerly went as Sameerah Anderson, Sameerah Pickett, and Loren Boyd. She was a member of rap duo Deuces Wild, alongside groupmate Noelle “Nikki” Brown.
Along with her cohorts, the rhymer submitted over 120 fraudulent estates and trust income tax forms. Federal investigators claim that CrèMe had successfully stolen $8.5 million. Also, she admitted to engaging in mail fraud, wire fraud, and breaking the law while out on bail.
CrèMe received a sentence of four and a half years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Moreover, the 42-year-old defendant is also obligated to pay the outstanding balance of $7,979,041.71. The amount of restitution due has been lowered by the money, vehicles, and jewelry that the federal government has confiscated from the Dueces Wild phenomenon throughout this investigation.
IRS Criminal Investigation Agent Charles Miller said that her sentencing today will serve as a warning to anyone who might consider stealing public funds for their own gain.
In his words, “[This is an] aggressive pursuit of those who use fraudulent methods in an attempt to corrupt our nation’s tax system.”
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