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3:10 PM PT — David Kenner, Pras‘ attorney in the case, stated he’s disappointed with the verdict outside the Federal Courthouse and vows to appeal.
Pras is guilty of committing fraud according to the jury in the federal trial where the Fugees rapper was accused of trading political influence in exchange for millions from Malaysian fugitive Jho Low.
During the trial Pras admitted accepting $20 million from Low for a photo-op with then-President Barack Obama as he ran for reelection — and also helped set up a scheme to illegally funnel money to the Obama campaign through straw donors. Prosecutors were not going after the Obama campaign.
High-profile witnesses Leonardo DiCaprio and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the stand during the case.
Pras reportedly blamed his decision to participate in the schemes on the bad advice of an attorney, but that clearly didn’t sway the jury as he’s now looking at up to 20 years in prison.
We spoke to Pras outside court during the heat of the trial and he didn’t have much to say. The jury clearly felt he said more than enough in court.
Originally Published — 3:03 PM PT