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“Bounce” star Big Freedia pleaded guilty Wednesday (03-16-16)) in a New Orleans federal courtroom to the theft of nearly $35,000 in federal housing voucher money.

The entertainer, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr., admitted she fraudulently accepted Section 8 vouchers during the time she was also collecting bank from reality TV gig.

Freedia initially claimed financial ignorance led her to take the housing voucher money. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk ordered the music star “released on a $25,000 bond and told her to surrender her passport. She faces a maximum 10-year sentence and $250,000 fine at a June 16 sentencing hearing,” per The Advocate.

Big Freedia is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development between 2010 and 2014. She and the government reached a plea deal, in which she is to pay restitution of approximately $34,800.

The vouchers she improperly used are intended to serve the “very poor, elderly and disabled,” said Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, reading from the statement of facts in court.

In Freedia’s annual Section 8 “recertification” forms, she failed to disclose all income, reporting 0 income in 2010, and didn’t notify HANO about changes with her finances. Had she done so, the government would have determined she earned too much money from her work as a musician under the stage name “Big Freedia” to remain eligible for the vouchers.

Her attorney, Tim Kappel, said outside the courthouse that Freedia has cooperated with the government’s investigation “at every stage,” and the guilty plea was “another step forward in putting this matter behind us.”

“This is an incredibly unfortunate situation for which my client unequivocally accepts responsibility,” Kappel said. “Her guilty plea today is another step forward in putting this matter behind us.”

“At some point in our lives, most of us will find ourselves on the wrong side of what’s right,” he added. “And that’s the situation my client find herself in now.”

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9 thoughts on “[WATCH] Big Freedia Pleads Guilty to Theft of Section 8 Housing Vouchers

    • Kimboo on said:

      I just happened upon his reality show one evening, watched for 15 minutes, and couldn’t get into a show; in which a big burly guy with a long weave, and not one hint of femininity, was crying about some dude that has broke his heart? It was disgusting to see this big 6’4″ line backer cry like a bit@%. He’s basically a BRUCE JENNER/CAITLYN type, but he committed to this long before Bruce. Wants to be a woman, but hasn’t totally committed all the way… snip, snip. But if Freddy doesn’t have any woman parts.. it’s off to the male ousted side of the prison for transsexual/transgendered people. So he may luck out, but he can still defend himself…

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  2. Jacquelynn4 on said:

    I’ve never heard of this person nor any show he may be on, but this is telling commentary from the reporter: “The only suspense today came when Judge Africk, who called Big Freedia ‘Miss Ross’, asked how he would like to be addressed by the court. Big Freedia said, ‘No preference, your Honor.’” He apparently is very confused.

  3. whatever15 on said:

    Wow, $34k and that’s the best the DA has to offer when fighting crime. Yes, she/or he was wrong and should be punish. But compared that to the greed and corruption corporations have inflicted on the average tax-payer. Example- the Mortgage Meltdown. There are several neighborhoods in communities that still have not recover from that travesty.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Wow kate1221 I was thinking the exact same thing LOL! And also I was thinking, just because he calls himself a “she” does that change the fact that he’s a he? NO, he’s still a he, maybe not a man, but definitely a he.

    • Timothy Green on said:

      KATE IVE BEEN THINKING THAT EXACT SAME THING THIS ENTIRE TIME …. Society has reached the point where you can arbitrarily change your gender as you feel like…. Sad shit

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