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Big Freedia pleads guilty to theft of Section 8 vouchers

Matt Sledge

The New Orleans Advocate

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Queen of Bounce Big Freedia leads more than 400 people twerking Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, during the 8th annual Central City Festival in New Orleans.
SCOTT THRELKELD/THE ADVOCATE Queen of Bounce Big Freedia leads more than 400 people twerking Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, during the 8th annual Central City Festival in New Orleans.

The bounce rapper and reality television star Big Freedia pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge stemming from her theft of thousands of dollars in housing vouchers on Wednesday.

The entertainer, whose real name is Freddie Ross Jr., admitted before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk that she accepted nearly $35,000 in federal housing vouchers despite exceeding income limits.

That plea came under a deal with federal prosecutors after they charged her with theft of government funds in a March 1 bill of information. The government alleged that she was ineligible to receive the vouchers in a period spanning from 2010 to December 2014.

Big Freedia released a statement when she was charged claiming that she lacked the financial literacy to understand that she should not have continued taking the housing vouchers after she began her rise to stardom.

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