Wu-Tang Clan consists of RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Masta Killa, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Cappadonna. The group has been in the hip-hop game for nearly three decades. Known for the hit singles “C.R.E.A.M”
According to the latest news reports, two men named Aaron Barnes-Burpo, 29, and Walker Washington, 52, have been accused of posing as Wu-Tang Clan and Roc Nation affiliates and defrauding multiple businesses including hotels, luxury limousine rentals, recording studio sessions, and catering businesses.
On Monday, March 15, Barnes was sentenced to seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud. David H. Estes, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia also ordered Barnes to serve three years of supervised release after completing his sentence and ordered to pay $300k in restitution to the 19 businesses he defrauded. Washington who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud is currently waiting to be sentenced.
U.S. Attorney Estes released a statement saying Barnes and Washington had been defrauding multiple businesses by pretending to be members of Roc Nation and Wu-Tang Clan for several weeks. The duo scam parade came to an end in November 2019 when Barnes who claimed he was with Roc Nation tried to book 10 rooms and have a $2,500 credit applied to a king suite for an artist and his entourage at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, Georgia.
The iconic hip-hop collective, the Wu-Tang clan consists of RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Masta Killa, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Cappadonna. The group has been in the hip-hop game for nearly three decades. Known for the hit singles “C.R.E.A.M” (Cash Rules Everything Around Me), “Protect Ya Neck”, and “Bring da Rukus”. Throughout their career, they have released seven studio albums and have sold over 6.5 million copies in the United States. As we all know with success comes stalkers, haters, fake friends, groupies, and of course, there are the scammers.
Tamara Anderson is a freelance writer in the Chicagoland area. She has featured articles in multiple entertainment and hip-hop media outlets.