Reality Star Faces Sentencing In Housing Scandal
Big Freedia has agreed to go to rehab and be drug tested as part of a deal that’s keeping her out of prison as she awaits sentencing for a federal housing scam.
The bounce music artist, whose legal name is Freddie Ross Jr., has agreed to attend substance abuse treatment and get drug tests from her probation office as part of a modification of the terms of her bail.
Freedia pled guilty last March to one count of felony theft of nearly $35,000 in government funds for illegally pocketing Section 8 benefits during the height of her success as a bounce music artist and reality TV star. Her lawyer said she’s been making restitution.
If Freedia doesn’t go to rehab or get the drug tests, she runs the risk of being locked up until her sentencing next month.
It’s not clear what Freedia’s drug of choice is, though she and her entourage travelled to a weed dispensary for her reality show. And last year, she tweeted her love of the ganja: “Girl that weed burnt my nail on my dumb(sic)!” she wrote. “Just horrible but guess what I love to smoke all day everyday the s**t I deal with must #bigfreedia.”
She is facing up to a decade behind bars and up to a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced June 16.