Willie D Remains Jailed, Attempting Bond Release

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Willie D Remains Jailed, Attempting Bond Release
By Ismael AbduSalaam

Willie DWillie D of the groundbreaking Houston group The Geto Boys remains incarcerated of federal fraud charges.

 As reported last week by AllHipHop.com, Willie D was arrested by federal authorities and charged with wire fraud for allegedly scamming numerous foreign buyers out of Apple iPhones.

 According to court documents, Willie D (William James Dennis) used a front company named Texas One Wireless for the scam.

 When a buyer through eBay showed interest, the Houston rapper would have them place the order outside of eBay through email.

 After banking the electronic funds transfers in his personal account, Willie D allegedly would forward a false tracking number without ever delivering the goods.

 Wire fraud is a federal crime which yields a maximum fine of $250,000 and 20 years in prison.

 A Houston federal magistrate has required that Willie D hand over his passport, and listed his bond at $100,000.

 For release, the Houston emcee will have to come up with 10% of the stated amount ($10,000).

 At press time, Willie D, 42, remains in federal custody at a Houston detention center.

http://www.allhiphop.com/stories/news/archive/2009/05/19/21580601.aspx

Geto Boys’ Willie D Arrested For Alleged iPhone Scam

Rapper faces up to 20 years for selling electronics online and never delivering them.

According to the Houston Press, the arrest warrant in the case alleges that D, acting through a shell company called Texas One Wireless, arranged to sell iPhones and other electronics to overseas buyers over the Internet. Beginning in September 2008, Willie D allegedly used eBay to establish his credibility with international buyers. Once a buyer became interested, D then allegedly moved the transaction outside of eBay to an e-mail account.

Once the buyers had electronically transferred money into his account, the warrant claims, the rapper would send tracking numbers for packages that were never shipped. When the shipments never arrived and the buyers complained about not receiving their purchases, officials allege the rapper claimed he filed a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service or the carrier handling the shipment, but that he could not refund their money until he tracked down the goods.

At some point, investigators claim, Dennis would stop communicating with the buyers, which led one of the disgruntled customers to contact law enforcement authorities. The charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

D earned his fame as the leader of the legendary Houston underground rap grew the Geto Boys, whose 1991 album featured the bleak, iconic #1 single, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” which he co-wrote. He quit the group in 1992 for a solo career, only to rejoin four years later for the group’s reunion album, The Resurrection.

The rapper appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge in federal court on Thursday, according to the Houston Chronicle, and is due back in court on Friday (May 15), when it will be determined if he will be offered bail, since prosecutors consider him a flight risk.

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1611472/20090515/geto_boys.jhtml

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New Details Emerge on Dolla’s Shooting-It was an Out of Town Hit

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New Details Released In Dolla Shooting

Posted on May 19, 2009 (1 hour ago), words by Allen Starbury
 
dolla2Monday afternoon (May 18), 21-year-old rapper Dolla lost his life, as the result of a shooting at the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles.As reports came in yesterday, it was learned that a man named Aubrey Louis Berry was arrested in connection with the shooting at the LAX airport, and now, further details have emerged since.Berry is a resident of Snellville, GA, a suburb about 25 miles Northeast of Atlanta, and is currently being held on $1 million bond for the murder of Dolla (real name: Roderick Anthony Burton II).He was arrested at LAX, attempting to board a flight, immediately after dropping off a rental car and making his way to the terminal.

“As the officers approached the suspect, they asked him ‘Do you know why we’re here?’ ” Airport Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb told the Associated Press. “He put his [hands] up in the air and said, ‘Yes, I’ve got a gun in my waistband. Don’t shoot me.’ ”

They found a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and immediately turned the suspect over to LAPD police.

Two other suspects, a man and a woman, are being questioned as “persons of interest,” but as of press time, have not been charged. They were found at the airport with Berry and arrested before attempting to board a flight at LAX.

Authorities initially believed the shooting took place following a spontaneous argument between the two young men. However, new evidence indicates that Berry and Dolla may have known each other.

Dolla had been a resident of Atlanta since the age of five.

The rapper’s publicist Sue Vannasing has spoken to the media regarding the incident, vaguely revealing details. She says Dolla arrived at LAX to record new music for his album in Los Angeles, but before he left the airport he got into an altercation.

“They followed him to the mall because they knew he was coming,” Vannasing said

The rapper was just 21 years old, and had a bright future ahead of him. In 2007, he inked a deal with Akon’s Konvict Muzik label, and began to generate a buzz, via the mildly successful debut single, “Who The F*** Is That?” featuring T-Pain.

He had been working on his debut album, Dolla & A Dream, that was expected sometime late this year.

http://www.ballerstatus.com/2009/05/19/new-details-released-in-dolla-shooting/

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NY Rapper-NYOil Starts Unemployment Jobs Initiative

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Controversial Emcee Starts Jobs initiative “Employment and Empowerment start with the same 3 letters”

NYOIL (Activist / Artist / CEO Petroleum Empire Media Group) Starts “EMP Initiative” to increase job opportunities and employee awareness. NYOIL the controversial Hip Hop artist who is best known for songs like “Y’all Should All Get Lynched” which was licensed by BET for an animated short, or “Father Father” a touching song speaking to and for Fathers and now being turned into book form, has embarked on a new and very significant endeavor.

The “EMP Initiative” (EMPathize, EMPloy, EMPower) is the result of NYOIL’s own experiences as an Artist and Activist attempting to maintain a career while serving the community. The Initiative is based on 3 principles (Empathy, Employment and Empowerment)-
Empathy – The larger body, has to empathize and connect to the fact that people are hurting during these hard times. With companies seeking bail outs, restructuring, or outright closing, the job market appears to be dwindling. In the U.S., a country once touted for its industry and infrastructure, we see many companies have moved industry based jobs off shore where labor is cheap. These same jobs that built cities like Detroit are now building Taiwan, China, and India. Employ – employment instigates spending, investments, housing, better educational opportunities and healthier people. It creates income for families left unsure and insecure in today’s world. Empower – Speeches inspire but they do not empower, marches shed light on dark issues but they do not empower, Empowerment is the facilitation of people’s personal power. What could be more empowering than employment for a young father with the daunting task of raising a family, for a college student with few resources, or for the single mother?

This EMP initiative will launch on Wednesday May, 20th 2009 live at 1pm -3pm est on NYOIL’s radio show “Build Sessions” where he will interview Mr. Jean Paul Renard Vice President of Distinctive Personnel. Distinctive Personnel is New York’s oldest and largest Hispanic-Owned Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), State Certified Employment Service Agency with a nationwide database of over 17 million resumes. As a Proud Chilean American, Mr. Renard is very active in the city’s thriving Latino Community. As one of his many accomplishments, Mr. Renard is also the President and CEO of The Hispanic Employment Services.
“Jean Paul’s executive background and company profile makes him a no brainer for the initiative I’m setting in motion. But what makes him most attractive is not just his ability to EMPloy but his ability to EMPathize with both the urban and ethnic paradigm. I’ve also had the pleasure of knowing ‘JP’ since the age of 4 and regard him as one of my VERY best friends. We were friends before he could speak English properly so I know that JP understands what being a minority in this job market is about.” Says NYOIL.

Along with the upcoming radio interview NYOIL and his company PEMG have arranged to establish a direct EMP portal via NYOIL’s own website (www.nyoil.com) for prospective Job seekers to Distinctive Personnel.
“Ultimately it’s about doing the REAL work that will empower the community to achieve the promise of change we voted for in November, it’s about redefining what Activism must be and do for this generation of leadership, and it’s about creating real opportunity and real economics for real empowerment” -NYOIL

NYOIL’s Build Sessions streams live on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nyoil every Sunday at 3pm – 5pm est. and Wednesday at 1pm – 3pm est. Build Sessions is a call in show format based on building real solutions and highlighting grassroots activism and organizations from a Hip Hop paradigm. Call in number is 347.677.0718. Past Guest have included Paradise Gray (1hood / X-clan), DJ Johnny Juice (Public Enemy), Tye Phoenix (Emcee), Adissa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Assoc), KRS One (STVM, Temple Of Hip Hop), Mecca (Source Magazine) to name a few.

Mr. Jean Paul Renard is Vice President of Distinctive Personnel http://www.distinctivepersonnel.com/ . Founded in 1983, Distinctive Personnel is New York’s oldest and largest Hispanic-Owned Minority Business Enterprise. One of the fastest growing personnel agencies in the country
For more information / interviews contact pemgonline@gmail.com

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