R. Kelly Accused Of Concealing Bank Account With More Than $1.2 Million

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly's defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters. 
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R. Kelly Accused Of Concealing Bank Account With More Than $1.2 Million

It was reportedly opened three months before he was arrested.

Published August 13th

Written by BET Staff

Following the news that three men connected to R. Kelly were arrested and charged with intimidating and bribing his alleged victims, the R&B singer is facing even more legal trouble for allegedly concealing $1.2 million.

  1. Last year, Kelly claimed he was broke and unable to finance his legal troubles, instead relying on a fan-started GoFundMe page for bail-out purposes. However, it has been revealed that the disgraced singer has been accused of hiding a secret bank account from federal authorities with over a million dollars in it.

    RELATED: R. Kelly Associates Charged With Threatening And Intimidating His Alleged Victims

  2. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly opened the bank account back in March of 2019 — about three months prior to his arrest — under a business call SomeBrotherLuv LLC and assigned the funds from his royalties to go to that account. At least $1.2 million was deposited into the account in 2019.

    The account managed to go undetected because it was reportedly opened under someone else's name. Prosecutors stumbled upon bank records after they subpoenaed the bank records of one of his attorneys representing him in Brooklyn, who
    accused the feds of going on a “fishing expedition.”

    Their suspicions were corroborated after they obtained records of the 52-year-old’s calls from jail wherein he was recorded instructing people to contact that person “to receive payments indirectly,” the Sun-Times reports, though it was reportedly only used to hold royalties he receives from his music. 

  3. RELATED: Why R. Kelly’s New York Trial Has Been Pushed Back

    R. Kelly is currently being held at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center without bail as he awaits trial. He is facing several sex crime charges, including child pornography, racketeering, and sex trafficking, across New York, Minnesota and Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is expected to go to trial on September 29.

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