A crew of Georgia thieves pretended to be rap stars — including members of the Wu-Tang Clan — as they drove around in a Rolls Royce and scammed hotels out of more than $100,000, prosecutors said.
A complaint filed this week in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta reveals that the group told hotel workers they were with the entertainment firm Roc Nation, and told at least one place they were members of the Staten Island-bred hip-hop group.
The thieves duped Atlanta’s Georgian Terrace Hotel — where cast members from “Gone With The Wind” stayed during the film’s premiere in the city — out of $45,000, prosecutors said.
And the Hyatt Regency Atlanta told the FBI the group didn’t pay their $39,000 tab.
The high-flying criminals drove a Rolls-Royce Phantom rented from A-National Limousine, which reported a $60,000 loss, prosecutors said.
Two Atlanta recording studios also lost $17,000 at their hands, the complaint says.
The crew allegedly used one stolen credit card and another that was likely fake, according to the complaint.
Two men — Walker Washington and Aaron Barnes-Burpo — have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Their scheme fell apart at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, where a reservation listed 10 rooms booked for Roc Nation and the Wu-Tang Clan, prosecutors said.
But a suspicious hotel sales director called Roc Nation and was told the company had no connection to the men.
When Barnes-Burpo tried to check in under the Roc Nation reservation, he and others with him were detained by Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.
Two men told deputies they were homeless and were recruited by Washington and Barnes-Burpo as bodyguards. Others who traveled with the men were not charged.
With Post wires
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