A famous rapper based in Washington D.C. was arrested last Tuesday, March 29, at the largest casino in Maryland. He was accused of attempting to use counterfeit $50 bills at a craps table to pay for his gambling.
Martrel Reeves, better known by his rapper alias "Fat Trel", age 25, has accordingly been charged with possession of counterfeit currency. Trel is currently signed at Atlantic Records and Rick Ross' label Maybach Music Group.
Court records show that police responded to a call from Maryland Live! casino in the early evening on March 27, Sunday. When the police arrived at the casino premises, they were informed by staff members declaring that Reeves had presented nine pieces of fake $50 bills (worth $450) to a table pit boss. The pit boss, sensing that something is amiss, alerted the casino's security staff even before utilizing a counterfeit detection system that confirmed his suspicions. Police officers said it was easy to detect the fake cash because 8 of the 9 bills have matching serial numbers.
On the other hand, Fat Trel insists that he is innocent, and he says that he got the cash when he made a withdrawal at an ATM located inside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Washington D.C., and he had no clue that the money he withdrew was fake.
However, his Twitter account says a different story:
Reeves' case is actually the second of its kind for this year 2016. Last year, there were a total of 10 cases involving gamblers attempting to use fake cash to pay for their gambling in US-based casinos.