Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, who is the co-founder and member of the legendary hip-hop group Fugees, has been charged with allegedly “orchestrating an unregistered, back-channel campaign” that pressured the Trump administration to drop an investigation against the investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Pras, alongside Malaysian financier Jho Low, is being accused of “funneling millions of dollars into the 2012 U.S. presidential election at the direction of Low and the Vice Minister of Public Security for the People’s Republic of China,” as per the Department of Justice.
U.S. Entertainer/Businessman and Malaysian National Charged with Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove Chinese Dissident from U.S.https://t.co/WiUq7m6RL3
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) June 11, 2021
The 48-year-old rapper is facing money-laundering conspiracy charges, witness tampering, and conspiracy to make false statements to banks. According to the DOJ, if convicted he faces maximum penalties from five to 20 years in prison.