Pras Michel, a US rapper and former member of the music group Fugees, has been convicted on criminal charges, including multimillion-dollar political schemes spanning two presidential administrations.
Prosecutors accused Michel of conspiring with Malaysian billionaire businessman Jho Low to influence Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s administrations.
The Grammy-winning musician allegedly received more than $100 million from Low, which he utilized in two attempts to influence US politics.
He was accused of funneling money to Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012 and urging the Justice Department to drop investigations into Low’s alleged misconduct during Trump’s reign.
Pras was charged with 10 counts of crimes including acting as an unregistered foreign agent of China, witness tampering, and falsifying campaign finance records.
He had previously pleaded not guilty to all charges.
But on Wednesday, the rapper was convicted after a trial at a Washington DC court that included testimony from actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeff Sessions, Trump-era attorney general.
Pras, who gained fame in the 1990s with hits including ‘Ready or Not’ and ‘Killing Me Softly’, now faces years in prison.
While the rapper refused to comment after the verdict, BBC quoted David Kenner, his lawyer, as saying that plans are underway to file an appeal.
“This is not over,” said the lawyer. “I remain very, very confident that we will ultimately prevail in this matter.”