Update 05/03/2021 12:07pm:
A Georgia man who reportedly acted as if he was a member of the Wu-Tang Clan allegedly scammed numerous businesses out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, the man has reportedly received prison time for the scams.
Walker Washington was sentenced to eight years in prison by a federal judge this past Thursday. The 100-month sentence also includes Washington being ordered to pay $299,900 in restitution.
News of this comes almost two years later, after Washington and another man named Aaron Barnes-Burpo used stolen credit card information to book hotels and rent cars while claiming they had ties to Roc Nation and Wu-Tang Clan.
U.S. Attorney David Estes issued a statement on the matter, saying, “These two flim-flam artists and their phony entourage lived large for several weeks by scamming hospitality providers. We commend the skeptical hotel clerk who saw through the scam and alerted law enforcement, bringing this scheme to a halt.”
source: NBC News
Original 02/12/2020 9:10pm:
According to reports, two men in posing as members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan scammed a number of hotels making off with over $100,000 worth of goods and services. Investigators say that Aaron Barnes-Burpo and Walker Washington told hotel management at three different hotels that they were Wu-Tang members and currently managed by Roc Nation.
While at the Georgian Terrace Hotel and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, the two men were able to leave with tabs of $45,000 and $39,000, respectively. The New York Post also notes, "[t]he high-flying criminals drove a Rolls-Royce Phantom rented from A-National Limousine, which reported a $60,000 loss." The pair also booked studio time at two Atlanta-area recording spots totaling $17,000 in unpaid studio time.
Aaron Barnes-Burpo and Walker Washington hit the third hotel in Augusta, GA, but it didn't take hotel staff long to see past the ruse. After being arrested, Washington and Barnes-Burpo were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.