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‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’s Mo Fayne Sentenced To 17 Years In Prison For Fraud

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta‘s Maurice Fayne (aka Arkansas Mo) has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud, including the misuse of millions of dollars in PPP loans during the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Fayne ran a multistate scheme that defrauded more than 20 people from March 2013 through May 2020, according to federal prosecutors. He had promised he would use the money to support expenses for his business, but instead, used millions to “pay his personal debts and expenses and to fund an extravagant lifestyle for himself,” prosecutors said. In May 2020, Fayne was charged with fraud, and additional charges were later added. Fayne was convicted on May 11, 2021, after pleading guilty. Fayne also was ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution to the victims. Fayne appeared on season 8 of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta as the love interest of longtime cast member Karlie Redd.
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Fans Choose Ed Sheeran's 'Shivers' as This Week's Favorite New Music

Ed Sheeran's new single has topped this week's fan-voted new music poll. Music fans voted in a poll that was published Friday (Sept. 10) on Billboard, choosing "Shivers" as their favorite new music release of the past week. Sheeran's "Shivers" brought in 34.64% of the vote. In second place on...
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'Love & Hip Hop' Star Mo Fayne Pleads Guilty in PPP Loan Fraud Case

Rapper Mo Fayne's looking at serious time behind bars -- but less than he might have gotten -- after cutting a plea deal in his PPP loan fraud case. The "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star pled guilty to 6 counts of federal bank fraud after prosecutors say he funded a lavish lifestyle during the pandemic with a Paycheck Protection Program loan. Y'know ... the ones intended to help employees and small businesses hit hard by COVID.
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Frank Ocean Carries Green Robotic Baby at 2021 Met Gala: See Photos

Frank Ocean brought a green robotic baby with him to the 2021 Met Gala on Monday evening (Sept. 13). The reclusive R&B star wore a black Dreamcore cap that kept his neon-green hair under wraps as well as a black Prada jacket, similar to the nylon gabardine anorak jacket he wore at the 2019 Met Gala. Ocean's new independent American luxury brand Homer recently partnered with Prada on a collection.
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Adam Stotsky Appointed President of MRC Live & Alternative

Adam Stotsky is named president of MRC Live & Alternative, the live and alternative division of entertainment group MRC. Stotsky brings to the company more than 25 years’ experience across entertainment, media and marketing brands, including 19 years with NBCUniversal. At NBCUniversal, Stotsky served as global president of E! Entertainment...
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Billie Eilish 'Finally' Feels Free to Go Full Glam at 2021 Met Gala: See Photos

Billie Eilish is serving old Hollywood glam on the red carpet of the 2021 Vogue Met Gala, which she's co-hosting on Monday evening (Sept. 13). The dolled-up Happier Than Ever singer arrived wearing a low-cut blush pink tulle gown designed by Oscar de la Renta with an enormous train that gracefully draped over the stairs of the Met, her cropped blond hair sweetly framing her face. Her brother and songwriting partner Finneas, who was dressed head-to-toe in red, accompanied her. The 19-year-old artist's ensemble is reminiscent of her pinup look from her June 2021 Vogue cover.
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Mo Fayne of ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Looking at Jail Time After Pleading Guilty to PPP Loan Fraud

Last year, Love & Hip Hop star Maurice “Mo” Fayne was charged with federal bank fraud, and now he’s reportedly struck a guilty plea deal in the case. Per TMZ, Fayne pled guilty to six counts of federal bank fraud after he allegedly used $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic to fund his lifestyle. The loan he received was part of the same program launched to help small businesses that have been hit particuarly hard during the pandemic, but Fayne allegedly spent over $1.5 million of such a loan on jewelry and child support.
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'Love & Hip Hop' Star Mo Fayne's Jail Release Request Denied

Rapper Mo Fayne's song and dance about needing to get out of jail to fix a bum wing and send his daughter off to college didn't fly ... 'cause the judge just denied his request. The "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star had a hearing Monday in Georgia, where prosecutors...
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Afrika Bambaataa Sued for Alleged Sex Abuse & Trafficking

An anonymous victim claims he was sexually abused and prostituted as a minor by hip-hop pioneer Afrikaa Bambaata in a lawsuit filed last month. In the lawsuit, which was filed in New York on Aug. 9 and obtained by Billboard, the John Doe plaintiff claims that for four years beginning in 1991, when he was 12 years old, he was "repeatedly sexually abused and sex trafficked" at the hands of Afrikaa Bambaataa. Bambaataa, known for his influential 1982 single "Planet Rock" and for founding hip-hop organization Zulu Nation, is referred to in the lawsuit by his birth name, Lance Taylor. Metropolis newspaper first reported the news.
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Reality star Mo Fayne labeled a ‘con artist’ as bail request decision is given

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star, businessman and rapper Mo Fayne, was dealt another loss in regards to his guilty plea last week on charges related to his PPP loan scandal. Mo Fayne, whose real name is Maurice Fayne, pleaded to a judge on Monday, May 24, to be released from jail until he’s sentenced because he needed time to organize his day-to-day household affairs and ready his daughter for college as she heads off to school this fall as a freshman. He also argued that he suffers from chronic health conditions and is asthmatic, which could leave him susceptible to COVID-19.
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Drake Drops 'Certified Lover Boy': Stream It Now

The Certified Lover Boy has arrived. Drake finally dropped his sixth studio album on Friday (Sept. 3) via OVO Sound/Republic Records. After keeping fans waiting nearly a year on the highly anticipated project, Drake delivered an impressive album rollout in the week leading to CLB's release. He kicked it off by revealing the album artwork, which features a colorful collage of pregnant mom emojis, and sharing the official release date after cryptically teasing it during ESPN's SportsCenter.
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