Lil Boosie's prison release is being used to swindle booking agents out of money, reports TMZ. A company by the name of Giovany Productions reportedly scammed at least three people out of $25,000 each by posing as Boosie's manager and brother, Taquari "TQ" Hatch.
One alleged victim, LaToya Thompson, told TMZ that she responded to a Boosie booking flier on Instagram, and was cheated out of $25,000 as a result. Thompson says she never heard back after wiring money to a man pretending to be TQ. Two others told the site similar stories.
The 31-year-old rapper's camp is already working to thwart the scheme tweeting out, "There is someone impersonating TQ [ Boosie Manager ] from this # (202) 830-5698. RT," from Boosie's account yesterday.
Another post named the production company directly, "Alert: A Company Named Giovany Productions is scamming promoters out of money, while impersonating his manager." The tweet was followed by a post with Boosie's official booking email and a "don't be scammed" warning.
Boosie was released from prison two weeks ago. Since he's been out, the Louisiana native has split most of his time between family and recording, and has his intention set on changing the message in music.
"When I came home, I turned on the radio, it was like everything I hear is about money and millions of dollars, and bottles, and models, and things like that," Boosie told BET.com earlier in the week. "I don't hear people talking about single mothers, I don't hear people talking about kids trying to go to college and don't have the funds to go. I don't hear people talking about what's really going on in the neighborhoods, what's really going on period. You just really hear people mostly talking about themselves and what they got."
Before the album drops, Boosie will be making confirmed appearances all over the country. According to his Twitter account, confirmed upcoming stops include Dallas, Indianapolis, two dates in North Carolina and an Orlando show billed for April 4.
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