Feds Use Instagram To Catch Rapper 9lokkNine In PPP Scam

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The legal troubles for Florida rapper 9lokkNine continue to mount as the 21-year-old has now pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining a PPP loan.

9lokkNine, whose real name is Jacquavius Smith, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft after illegally obtaining a $10,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan meant to help struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to his plea agreement, the “No Relay” rapper used someone else’s name, social security number, and address to apply for the PPP loan and open a bank account in March. The funds hit the account on April 16th. A wiretap of his Instagram captured 9lokkNine sharing images of the loan application to friends via the DM’s, a move that is sparking a bigger conversation about the right to privacy on social media.

In addition to the fraud charges, 9lokkNine also pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm….

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