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Aspiring rapper stole $4.1MILLION from his job for music career

by Nichol Salerno (2020-08-18)

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An aspiring rapper in Maryland could face 20 years behind bars for using his company's credit card to make over $4.1million in unauthorized purchases for his music career. 

Chad Arrington - who goes by the stage name 'Chad Focus' - pleaded guilty on Monday to federal wire fraud conspiracy, according to a According to his plea agreement, the 32-year-old was employed by Company 1 productions as a SEO specialist from 2011 to August 2018. He was responsible for promoting the company's products and services online.

The Randallstown, Maryland, resident was assigned an American Express credit card with the company and was said to have signed an agreement where he agreed to only using the card for business expenses.     Chad Arrington - who goes by the stage name 'Chad Focus' - pleaded guilty on Monday to federal wire fraud conspiracy after taking more than $4.1million from a company credit cardArrington admitted that from January 2015 through August 2018, he and four co-conspirators used the card to make purchases to promote his rap alter-ego and the production company tied to his music - Focus Music Entertainment LLC.  Arrington shared that from January 2015 through August 2018, he and four co-conspirators used the card to make purchases to promote his rap alter-ego and the production company tied to his music - Focus Music Entertainment LLCAll the purchases were fraudulent and made without authorization. The co-conspirators came from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, the release states. Arrington admitted to using the card to make over $1.5million in unauthorized purchases to accounts associated with the co-conspirators, only for him to then turn around and kick back thousands to accounts he controlled.  The credit card was used to buy sound equipment, studio kits, instruments and music technology. Equipment was then used to make videos for Chad Focus.Arrington is said to have used some of the funds to pay online streaming platforms to help 'artificially' boost his song play count; he is also said to have purchased likes, followers, tags, and views across social media. The aspiring artist also handed out thousands to a company that promoted his music and images.He paid numerous companies to post billboards promoting his brand, including one in New York's Times Square.  Arrington is said to have used some of the funds to pay online streaming platforms to help 'artificially' boost his song play count; he is also said to have purchased 'likes,''followers,''tags,' and 'views' across social media. He is verified on Instagram The aspiring artist also handed out thousands to a company that promoted his music and images, additionally paying numerous companies to post billboards promoting his brand The rapper poses in front of one of the billboards he paid for Chad Focus claimed his song 'Dance With Me' was a hit single on this billboard Focus even paid for a billboard in Times Square in New York City RELATED ARTICLES



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Arrington used the credit card for over $300,000 in unauthorized travel expenses across the globe from January 2015 through August 2018. Also included in the total were night life and other miscellaneous travel purchases for co-conspirators 1 and 2. He is also said to have spent more than $100,000 on clothing and accessories, including for artist apparel that was 'Focus.'  Another $275,000 was used to make purchases related to a bike-sharing/electric scooter business he was a part of. Other purchases included: concert tickets, travel, hotels, airfare, luxury vehicle rentals, and other expenses for co-conspirators 1 and 2. To hide the scheme, Arrington asked his team to use computer software to make false entries on credit card billing statements in hopes of concealing the purchases.  He is also said to have spent more than $100,000 on clothing and accessories, including for artist apparel that was labeled 'Focus' Another $275,000 was used to make purchases related to a bike-sharing/electric scooter business he was a part of Arrington used the credit card for over $300,000 in unauthorized travel expenses across the globe from January 2015 through August 2018Arrington also forged the signature of his supervisor on his credit card billing statements to make it appear as if he had approval for various purchases. Other employees then used the false information to pay off the outstanding balance that was owed for the card. As said in the plea agreement, Arrington must pay the full restitution of $4,142,435.31.  Chad Focus doesn't appear to have a huge discography but does have a remix with hip-hop star T-pain.  


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