big freedia appeared in a New Orleans federal court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to federal theft charges related to section 8 vouchers.
‘Queen Of Bounce’ Big Freedia Charged With Felony After Lying About Income To Receive Section 8 Vouchers
A bill of information charged the internationally known Bounce music star with stealing more than $1,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development between 2010 and 2014. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office accused her of continuing to receive housing assistance after she was making too much money to be eligible for it. Freedia had acknowledged in a March 1 statement she continued to receive aid as her fame quickly ascended and her “financial situation changed.”
The government and Freedia reached a plea deal, in which both parties agreed to a “statement of facts.” The plea deal required Freedia to pay restitution of approximately $34,800. It did not speak to potential jail time; U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, who presided over Wednesday’s hearing, is scheduled to sentence Freedia June 16.
Despite her legal issues, the show must go on.