NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Bounce artist Big Freedia has been accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the government.
Freddie Ross, Jr., aka Big Freedia, was charged Tuesday with a one-count Bill of Information with theft of government funds.
According to court documents, between 2010 to Dec. 2014, Freedia fraudulently received money from the government through the Section 8 house voucher program.
In a statement obtained by Gambit, Freedia vowed to pay full restitutions for this “incredibly unfortunate situation.”
Freedia said, “I was on subsidized housing for many years before my financial situation changed. I quickly found myself in a new economic structure and, frankly, knew little about how to handle my money. It wasn’t until recently (after I had stopped receiving housing vouchers) that it became very clear I had received assistance to which I wasn’t entitled. It was an oversight — but one that I take full responsibility for. From the moment I was contacted by Government agents, I have fully cooperated and have already begun making arrangements to pay full restitution (of approximately $34,000).”
Although the amount was not specified in the Bill of Information, Freedia was charged with stealing more than $1,000, making his crime a felony.
If convicted, Freedia would face up to ten years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.