The “Queen of Bounce” may be bouncing his way to the big house. Bounce music sensation and Fuse reality star Big Freedia (real name: Freddie Ross, Jr.) was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with felony theft of government funds.
Big Freedia allegedly collected more than $1,000 in Section 8 vouchers (valued at $34,000) even as his income and profile exploded from 2010-2014. Freedia says he’s already started paying restitution and is cooperating with the investigation.
In a statement, he blames financial illiteracy (and not Stunt Queen antics) on the situation:
“This is an incredibly unfortunate situation. I was on subsidized housing for many years before my financial situation changed. I quickly found myself in a new economic structure and, frankly, knew little about how to handle my money. It wasn’t until recently that it became very clear I had received assistance to which I wasn’t entitled. It was an oversight – but one that I take full responsibility for.”
He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Watch the report via 4WWL below: