Reality Star Admitted Section 8 Scam
A judge ordered Big Freedia to live in a halfway house and get permission from her probation officer to do shows after she violated the bail terms in her federal housing scam case, BOSSIP has learned.
The reality star and bounce music artist, who was born Freddie Ross Jr., will now have to live in a halfway house run by the Volunteers of America – a nonprofit well known for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Big Freedia will only be able to leave the halfway house with permission from the U.S. Probation Office, and has to get its permission to perform going forward, according to court papers obtained by BOSSIP.
It’s unclear what Big Freedia did to violate the terms of her bond, but when she appeared in U.S. District Court in New Orleans July 6 with her attorney for the bond violation hearing, the judge also ruled that she would have to “undergo further substance abuse evaluation.”
If Big Freedia violates her amended bail rules, she faces being locked up until she is sentenced.
The feds charged Freedia with one count of theft of government funds for improperly collecting nearly $35,000 in Section 8 housing vouchers during the height of her reality show and music career.
Big Freedia pled guilty, and is awaiting sentencing. But the artist has struggled while out on bail, and in May we exclusively revealed that the judge ordered her to go to rehab and get periodic drug tests.
The reality star has already offered to pay the $34,849 in restitution back to the government, and a judge approved the move last month.
She is facing up to ten years behind bars and up to a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced.
We’ve reached out to Big Freedia’s rep for comment.