Big Freedia Whose Voice Was Featured on Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ Song Is Being Charged With Theft of Government Funds – Freedia could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to reports, Freedia, real name Freddie Ross Jr., lied about her income to obtain assistance for subsidized housing through section 8 vouchers between 2010 and 2014.
“I quickly found myself in a new economic structure and, frankly, knew little about how to handle my money. It wasn’t until recently (after I had stopped receiving housing vouchers) that it became very clear I had received assistance to which I wasn’t entitled,” Freedia said in a statement to Pitchfork.
“It was an oversight—but one that I take full responsibility for. From the moment I was contacted by Government agents, I have fully cooperated and have already begun making arrangements to pay full restitution (of approximately $34,000),” she added.
Freedia, who appears on Beyonce’s “Formation” song, finished the statement talking about the need for basic financial literacy and planning training for artists like herself.
“Housing vouchers are a vital lifeline for many people I know in New Orleans and around the country, including struggling artists. I truly believe there needs to be more programs for artists and musicians to teach basic financial literacy and planning. Coming from where I came from, I know that I could have used that kind of assistance. I’m exploring ways to be a part of the solution in this area and am looking forward to putting this matter behind me.”
In Bey’s New Orleans-centric “Formation,” listen for Freedia around the 1:10 mark. She “came to slay.”
Source Global Grind