Southern California rap artist Guerrilla Black and five other South Bay residents were arrested Wednesday, suspected of operating two major fake credit card manufacturing businesses that took in more than $40,000 a month, Manhattan Beach police said.
The rapper, Charles Tony Williamson, 35, of Torrance, who previously was indicted on similar charges in Seattle, and the others allegedly victimized banks and credit companies in the United States, including American Express, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, Bank of America and Kinecta, Manhattan Beach police Officer Stephanie Martin said.
The operation also bilked money from banks in England, Switzerland, Nigeria, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Sweden, France, Australia, Norway, Ireland, Russia, Denmark and Germany, Martin said.
The group could face charges involving bank fraud and identity theft using stolen credit card accounts and other stolen property.
The investigation was conducted jointly by Manhattan Beach police and the U.S. Secret Service. Police served seven search warrants to make the arrests.
In addition to Williamson, police arrested Dwanna LaShaun Franklin, 41, of Torrance; Diana Lynn Waller, 54, of Hawthorne; Rhazon Zaki Smith, 34, of Hawthorne; Reiona Marie Cage, 20, of Inglewood; and Myeisha Renee Leavell, 23 of Los Angeles.
In July, federal authorities accused Williamson of buying used credit card information stolen by a Netherlands man and a Maryland man.
Williamson is a West Coast hip-hop rapper from Compton whose debut album, "Guerrilla City," came out in 2004. His brother is rapper Hot Dollar.
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