As you know, Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, has been facing some legal issues lately. Word comes today that she will avoid prison time and face 3 year of probation and a $35,000 fine.
Jim Mustian of The Advocate just tweeted this out:
The entertainer, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr., pleaded guilty in March to the theft of nearly $35,000 in federal housing voucher money. She admitted fraudulently accepting Section 8 vouchers over a period of several years.
Prosecutors said Big Freedia, in applications to the Housing Authority of New Orleans, claimed assets and income far below what she actually had been earning. In her first application for Section 8 money, in March 2009, she claimed a monthly income of between $100 and $1,000 and no additional assets.Even after she had become a major star, propelled to fame by her reality TV show, she purported to have made just $12,000 and only $250 in the bank.
Federal authorities said Big Freedia in fact had been bringing in money from performances and merchandising in addition to her reality show. A factual basis that she signed in pleading guilty said that Big Freedia “should have, but did not, notify HANO of (her) increased income in 2010, which would have rendered (her) ineligible to receive Section 8 benefits.”
Big Freedia acknowledged responsibility for the crime after releasing an initial statement in which she suggested that financial illiteracy had prompted her to accept the housing voucher money. She had faced a maximum of 10 years in prison under federal law.
A Comment from Big Freedia:
I am relieved that this day is behind me. With so many exciting creative and positive community ventures on the horizon, I look forward to getting back to the work I love with this behind me.
Our thoughts are with her and her family during this difficult time.
[via The Advocate]