Bandman Kevo, who was charged in an elaborate $600,000 credit card cracking scheme, has learned his fate. Kevo, whose real name is Kevin Ford, was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Kevo has 30 days to turn himself into authorities.
The “Baller In Me” rapper was accused of stealing $639,000 from banks in the credit card scam.
“I will do everything possible to stay relevant,” Kevo said in a statement. “Twenty-two months will fly and I will be back better than ever and on my cocky sh*t.”
Kevo is still prepping the release of a mixtape, and will be releasing his single “Phone Call” before he serves his sentence.
Kevo faced a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Kevo’s alleged associate Cortez Stevens, 25, was also expected to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, according to plea agreements filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, IN.
The bank fraud scheme Kevo was allegedly involved in stretched from Illinois to Indiana, according to the NWI Times.
Cracking cards reportedly involves scammers placing stolen or counterfeit checks in bank accounts belonging to other people. Scammers then borrow the cardholder’s debit card and PIN number to withdraw money from the account before the bank learns the check is fake.
Federal officials say the group would reel in cash-strapped people through social media, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Kevo and Stevens forfeited a 2004 Audi and a 2006 Maserati to the federal government in order to pay $141,919 in restitution.
Kevo is a burgeoning Hip Hop artist who has collaborated with some of the genre’s hottest artists that included King Louie, Chief Keef and Soulja Boy.
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