Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue Says More Celebs Got PPP Loans Amid Prison Sentence

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Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

For starters, Pretty Ricky was a late-’90s Florida R&B and hip-hop group that peaked in the early 2000s with a string of hits that earned them a huge following, especially among females.

The group hasn’t enjoyed any recent hits and it may be why one of the members bumped into the law. “Baby Blue,” whose real name is Diamond Blue Smith, was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for government fraud. According to the Department of Justice, Baby Blue was one of several people arrested in October 2020 in what became a massive COVID-19 relief loan scam. According to a Department of Justice press release, Baby Blue and others have been charged with “allegedly participating in a fraudulent loan application scheme seeking more than $24 million in cancelable Paycheck Protection Program loans.”

Baby Blue pleaded guilty earlier this year, after which most of his assets, including his Ferrari, were confiscated. During an interview with Hollywood Unlocked prior to his court-ordered appearance in June, the “Grind With Me” singer was hoping for a redemptive future after his release.

Trauma continues to find its way to the artist’s doorstep. Last year, he injured his shoulder and was hospitalized after attempting a burglary. Due to the nature of his other injuries, he had to learn to walk again. He will now have to adjust to life behind bars for twenty months. The verdict was handed down on December 16 after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit telephone fraud.

Smith admitted to taking out a PPP loan of $426,717 first by using false information and false documents to maintain his lavish lifestyle, which has been hit economically by the pandemic. Using the same illegal ploy, he took a second loan of $708,065 to his Blue Star Records LLC and went on a spending spree, paying for luxury hotel rooms, spending nights in casinos in South Florida as well as buying a Ferrari. He also made payments to his partners who helped him prepare and submit fraudulent loan applications.

When news of his verdict broke, the general feeling was that he was too lightly out of service and that his attorney had made a plea bargaining deal to get him for too short a time, especially since the sum defrauded of him amounted to more than $1 million. Most people still support Smith, who said last year the shooting and court appearances have been a challenge for him.

In a new statement via Instagram Story, Baby Blue said a lot of celebrities have also taken questionable PPP loans from the government, but he won’t name Asma because he is not a snitch.

He wrote on IG: “Ne** want me to be a snitch because they got snitched on their blood.” “I’m different here! There are no rats in my family! I could never be a snitch! My grandparents don’t like it! All the while, 2 ni***s in my case turned into a detective and told them everything they could!”

“I’ll never snipe! I’m the one fingered by the informers!” Blue tweeted. “The two of them have turned into detectives since day one! No matter how I stand 10 fingers down and Ima is doing my time like a G! No shish in my blood.”

“The media manipulated my name and put me at the head of a conspiracy without getting the facts!” Added in another tweet. “Draw me to be a thief and never steal a penny in my life! Oh, you don’t want to reduce my character to a crook! There is more to the story and Ima is writing a book and making a movie about it!”

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