California rapper pleads guilty to fraud in Seattle
SEATTLE -- Charles Williamson, aka Guerrilla Black aka MrBusinessman62 aka BlackDolla, pleaded guilty to multiple fraud charges Tuesday in connection with thousands of credit card numbers stolen from two local businesses.
The 33-year-old California-based rapper best known for his 2005 hit "You're the One" bought more than 27,000 credit card numbers, at least some of which were hacked from a Magnolia restaurant and Shoreline restaurant supply company, between January 2011 and February 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
While the total loss hasn't been tallied, it's estimated Williamson charged nearly $150,000 to just 137 of the stolen numbers.
Williamson was arrested in Los Angeles last July but released pending trial. He spent that time producing counterfeit credit cards and using stolen credit card numbers. He was rearrested in January.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Williamson admitted to committing credit card fraud both before and after his arrest and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and unauthorized access to a protected computer, access device fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
He is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 10.
The Netherlands' David Schrooten, who sold the stolen numbers over his website, was already sentenced to 12 years in prison. And, Maryland's Christopher Schroebel, who stole the numbers from businesses, was sentenced to seven years.