Queen Of Bounce Pled Guilty To Illegally Collecting Section 8
Big Freedia claimed she had no income in order to collect a federal housing subsidy intended for the poor, a court heard yesterday.
Freedia – whose legal name is Freedie Ross Jr. – pled guilty to one count of felony theft of government funds for illegally pocketing Section 8 benefits during the height of her success as a bounce music artist and reality TV star.
The Section 8 money was intended for people making less than $22,000 a year. But Freedia was was raking in the dough from performances, her reality show, merchandising deals and royalties.
In total, Freedia improperly collected $34,849 in Section 8 housing funds, and her lawyer said she’s already begun making restitution payments to the government.
She was released on $25,000 bail, and faces up to a decade in prison and a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced June 16.