Rapper Selfmade Kash, whose real name is Jonathan Woods, frequently brags about committing credit card fraud in his music. He claims to be “sophisticated at credit card fraud,” though apparently isn’t as good as he believes. Now, the 25-year-old is facing multiple charges, including for aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, and possession of unauthorized access devices.
Selfmade Kash released several tracks focused on credit card fraud, including “In Swipe I Trust” and “Swipe God Freestyle,” which features lyrics like “Off these swipes I made a killing / I made 10 ain’t have to split it.”
The Detroit rapper believed he had a talent for credit card fraud, but investigators disagree.
“Woods claimed to be sophisticated at credit card fraud when, in fact, he is not,” federal prosecutors asserted on Thursday, according to a report by NME.
“Woods frequently posts pictures and videos on Twitter and Instagram containing large amounts of money, credit cards, and credit card skimmers to promote his proclivity for credit card fraud.”
Prosecutors also stated that the alleged fraud incidents date back as far as May 2017 and claimed that social media followers would contact Woods for information on how to commit fraud.
“Woods, in turn, sells information on how to commit identity theft and credit card fraud,” said the indictment.
The rapper is accused of charging some of his 36,400 followers on Instagram for details about where to acquire credit card and bank details on the dark web.
“In fact, the information was worthless and many of the [Bank Identification Numbers] were nonexistent,” prosecutors said.
The rapper was taken into custody for the six-count indictment but may be released on bond. If convicted, Selfmade Kash could face up to 20 years in jail.