Rising Rapper Young Ash Accused of Recruiting Fans for Credit Card Fraud
Rising artist Young Ash may just have her musical career derailed after being indicted for check forgery and credit card fraud.
According to a July 11 report from the NY Post, the burgeoning female artist was hauled into Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly recruiting her fans to partake in a credit card scheme. Young Ash, born Ashley Bautista, used her popularity on social media to her advantage by flaunting large sums of cash and offering individuals money in exchange for their bank account information, according to ADA Alona Katz. She has over 360,000 Instagram followers.
The rapper, known for songs such as "Bababa," which has over 1 million plays, is being indicted along with five other co-defendants for what is known as "card cracking." The ring of offenders allegedly used victims' personal information, forged checks and ATM cards to withdraw cash from various banks. The alleged fraud occurred between August and September 2017.
According to the D.A.'s office, Gabriel Molina, 32, worked as a concierge at an Upper West Side apartment building and would collect rent checks. He allegedly took photographs of the checks and sent them to Fraylius Henriquez, 23, for the purposes of forging fake checks. Justin Simon, 22; Jarod Bailey, 21; and a third person, known as "JD Glasses," are accused of being "runners" who would pick up ATM cards from the individuals who agreed to give them ATM cards and bank accounts. The group allegedly deposited at least 52 counterfeit checks, reaping a total of $62,500.
Young Ash has reportedly plead not guilty to the charges against her including grand larceny.
Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.
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