Willie D Gets Year In Federal Prison For Phone Scheme
Houston rapper Willie D, less widely known as Williams James Dennis, was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison today for his part in a cell phone con.
He'll also have to pay almost $200,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release when he gets out.
Dennis, 44, was found guilty of defrauding potential buyers of iPhones over the Internet, taking their money and then never delivering the goods.
Say the feds about the Geto Boy:
Once the transaction was confirmed, Dennis would send tracking numbers for packages that were never shipped. When the buyers complained about not receiving their purchases, Dennis would claim he had filed a complaint with the postal service or hired carrier and that he could not refund their money until he knew where his goods were. Eventually, Dennis would cease communication with the victimized parties. Thirty-five individuals were defrauded of $194,087.17 between September 2008 and April 2009.
Dennis had been arrested in May 2009 and had been out on bond.