Feds Reportedly Investigating ‘Pras’ Connection To $4.5 Billion Embezzlement Case
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating claims that American artiste Pras Michel and Thai businessman Phengphian Laogumnerd are financially supporting wanted billionaire Low Taek Jho, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Thursday (Aug 30).
(All Hip Hop) Malaysian businessman Jho Low is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Low is accused of being involved in embezzling $4.5 billion from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd fund.
Some of that money was allegedly used to pay for lavish purchases as well as American lawyers and consultants in order to influence political decisions in the US. Hip Hop artist Pras Michel’s association to Low is said to be under investigation.
The Justice Department is looking into whether a Thai businessman, Phengphian Laogumnerd, and American former rap artist Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees hip-hop group, played roles in helping Mr. Low make payments, the people familiar with the matter said.
Pras supposedly connected Low with venture capitalist/Donald Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy. The Malaysian financier allegedly suggested paying for Broidy’s services through the musician. Federal officers are also probing Low’s legal affiliation with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, another Trump supporter.
A lawyer representing Michel has denied his client did anything improper in the matter. Broidy’s lawyer said the Republican insider has never been compensated by any foreign government to interact with the United States Government. Christie’s spokesperson stated the governor is only representing Low in asset-forfeiture cases in California.
Along with Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean, Pras Michel rose to pop culture prominence as a member of the 1990s rap group the Fugees. The trio released two studio albums, including the Grammy-winning LP The Score.
Pras scored his own Top 5 hit with 1998’s “Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mýa. The New York-born artist went on to move into the film and digital content industries.