Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue Sentenced to 20 Months in for COVID Scam
According to court documents obtained by XXL on Wednesday (Dec. 22), the South Florida rhymer, born Diamond Blue Smith, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Dec. 16 for one count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. Baby Blue’s sentencing comes over a year after he was accused in October of 2020 of filing fake loan applications to obtain funds specifically allotted to small businesses as part of the United States’ Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Baby Blue received more than $24 million.
Additionally, he must pay $1,111,345.23 in restitution and a $100 assessment fee.
Baby Blue Whoaaa, who previously said that he was facing life in prison for this crime, has been ordered to surrender “at the institution designated by the Bureau of Prisons or to the United States Marshal for this district”—”in the Southern District of Florida or a facility nearest Atlanta, Georgia”—before 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2022.
As previously reported, Baby Blue appeared in court last October after being hit with the federal-level charges. He was also on the hook for using false documents to receive a $426,717 PPP loan for his company Throwbackjersey.com LLC. An additional loan using falsified documents was obtained for his Blue Star Records, LLC company in the amount of $708,065.
The rapper, who gained…