What happens to rappers when their lucrative careers in the music industry are either fading or have come to an end altogether? Some go on to produce other artists, others make the transition into acting in movies or on television. And, at least one performer in this genre decided that his new career would be pretending to sell electronics to customers overseas. This last option is not recommended.
Willliam James Dennis, also known as Willie D, was once a part of the Houston rap group called Geto Boys. The group enjoyed their greatest success in the early part of the 1990s and even drew the attention of some politicians who were not fans of their music. But, in recent years, Dennis found it necessary to find another source of income. He got registered as a seller on eBay and marketed electronics to foreign buyers. After his customers would transfer money into his account, the promised merchandise never arrived. Eventually, Dennis would cut off all communication.
Dennis was accused of defrauding 35 people of their money and pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December 2009. He now has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison and he is paying restitution.
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