Fugees Rapper Pras Found Guilty In Conspiracy Case

The jury only took 3 days to reach their decision.

Rapper Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, known for his contributions to the iconic group Fugees, has been convicted in a high-profile trial involving multimillion-dollar political conspiracies that spanned two presidential administrations, according to CNN. The trial included compelling testimonies from notable figures such as actor Leonardo DiCaprio and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Michel stood accused of orchestrating a scheme to channel funds from a now-fugitive Malaysian financier through straw donors to support Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. Furthermore, he was alleged to have engaged in efforts to obstruct a Justice Department investigation and exert influence over a China-related extradition case during the Trump administration.

The courtroom drama captured the attention of the public, thanks to the presence of prominent witnesses such as Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Throughout the trial, Michel  took the stand in his defense, enduring a grueling cross-examination by prosecutors.

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Michel faced a total of ten charges, including conspiracy, acting as an agent of a foreign government, witness tampering, and falsifying campaign finance records. Prosecutors alleged that he conspired with Malaysian businessman Jho Low, aiming to exert influence over the administrations of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The charges highlighted Michel's alleged involvement in activities spanning two presidential terms.

While testifying on the witness stand, Michel revealed that he had received a substantial sum of $20 million from Jho Low within a span of nine months in 2012. Michel claimed that the purpose of this payment was to assist Low in obtaining a photograph with President Obama. Although Michel admitted to utilizing a portion of the funds to cover the expenses of three friends attending two political fundraisers for Obama's 2012 campaign, he vehemently denied carrying out these actions under Low's explicit instructions.

There is no word on when he'll be sentenced.

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