(AllHipHop News) Two months ago Kevin "Bandman Kevo" Ford was a rising artist featured in AllHipHop.com's "Breeding Ground" section. Today the 26-year-old Chicago rapper is being charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
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NWI Times reports Kevo and 28 other defendants were charged in two separate states for an elaborate scheme that supposedly included using coded language in rap videos referring to "cracking cards" as well as social media to promote the operation. Authorities claim banks lost hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result.
Kevo and others are accused of convincing bank customers to share their debit card and personal identification numbers. They then allegedly deposited counterfeit checks into third party accounts and later withdrew money from ATMs. By the time the banks discovered the checks were frauds, the money had already been advanced to the bogus accounts.
Kevo was among six people charged in U.S. District Court in Indiana. Other people allegedly connected to the conspiracy were charged in Chicago with separate counts including bank fraud, financial institution fraud, and wire fraud.