According to Seattle PI, Federal prosecutors contend that Guerilla Black—real name Charles Tony Williamson—bought and used credit card information stolen by two other men. Altogether, prosecutors claim Williamson received at least 27,257 stolen credit card numbers and stole at least $150,000 through them.
Black’s alleged conspirators, David Benjamin Schrooten of the Netherlands and Christopher Schroebel, were indicted previously. Prosecutors allege that the heavyset rapper e-mailed instructions to Schroebel and Schrooten, ordering them to purchase “dumps” of stolen credit card numbers in lots of 100, 500 or more.
“Today’s arrest shows that criminals cannot hide in cyberspace. We will prosecute all parts of the criminal gang – regardless of where they may be,” proclaimed U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan via press release, as reported by Seattle Weekly. “I commend the cyber investigators of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force for making sure that all the participants — from the hackers to the end purchasers of stolen data — are held accountable.”
Compton’s Guerilla Black controversially splashed onto the rap scene in 2004, bearing a physical resemblance and even voice (not lyrics) similar to the Notorious B.I.G.
That same year, he’d go onto release his debut album, Guerilla City, featuring Beenie Man, Mario Winans, Jazze Pha and the late Nate Dogg.
He’s been relatively quiet on the music front since, however.—Jakinder Singh