Fugees Member Pras is in the Middle of a Money Laundering Investigation Involving a Malaysian Financier


Fugees member Pras is being accused of trying to launder money from Malaysian officials into the United States. This, according to a report that was published by ABC on Friday (November 30th)

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The report claims that Pras, real name Prakazrel Michel, worked with ex-Justice Department official George Higginbotham to try and influence Department of Justice investigations into the business of a Malaysian financier  named Jho Low.

According to court documents:

Jho Low’s money was funneled through various US bank accounts set up by, and under the control of, an entertainer and businessman named Prakazrel ‘Pras’ Michel.

That money, which was north of $70 million, was sent to an unnamed financier, who would use the money to try and influence Department of Justice officials to drop an investigation into Low.

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Federal authorities charged Higginbotham with one felony count of “conspiracy to make false statements” to a bank last week (he pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday.) However, Pras has not been charged with anything. When ABC asked a Justice Department spokeswoman, they were told: “It’s an ongoing investigation.”

Source: ABC

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