A Detroit rapper was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and two years of supervised release for his role in a $27 million tax fraud scam. Sameerah Marrell, also known as Sameerah Anderson, Sameerah Pickett, Crème, and Loren Boyd, was a member of the “Deuces Wild” female rap trio, according to FOX 2 Detroit.
Officials claim that between 2014 and April 2022, Marrell worked with individuals to submit 122 false income tax returns with the IRS and the state treasuries of Minnesota, Georgia, Maryland, Arizona, Connecticut, and Colorado. The defendants were accused of requesting over $13,690,341 from the IRS and $14,730,365 from the states.
Marell, 42, was also accused of stealing $8.5 million, according to authorities. She has since been forced to pay $7,979,041.71 in unpaid reparations. However, the reparation sum has been reduced due to money, automobiles, and jewelry taken from her by the federal government and states after the inquiry was launched.
According to investigators, the convicted rapper committed several of the acts after she was detained and charged with a slew of charges, including submitting false claims with the IRS. Marrell allegedly fled the state after being charged. She was eventually apprehended in December 2022. According to FOX 2 Detroit, her conviction came after she pled guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud, and committing an offense while on bond.
“Ms. Marrell committed an astonishing amount of fraud against federal and state agencies. She also proved herself incorrigible, continuing her scams even after her initial arrest. We hope that today’s sentence will deter both Ms. Marrell and anyone else who seeks to steal public funds for private gain,” Charles Miller, who is the Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, Detroit Field Office, said.