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Charlotte Hip Hop Group indicted in $1.2 million bank & identity theft scheme

Seven members and associates of a hip-hop group from Charlotte known as the “FreeBandz Gang” (no affiliation to Future) have been indicted in a $1.2 million fraud scheme. Prosecutors claim that the defendants financed their lavish lifestyles by defrauding banks through a check-cashing scheme from February 2014 to September 2017.

The indictment also accuses all seven members of using the internet to steal personal information to create fake IDs that they used to obtain credit, car loans, apartments and cell phones, which were resold for profit.
According to The Charlotte Observer, James Murray Willingham Jr., 23, Damonte Withers, 27, Deandre Howze, 23, Jeffrey Monteith, 22, Quadarius Thomas, 23, Laerek Williams, 25, and Nemiah Davis, 25, all of Charlotte, are charge with multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.