TUNIS, 30 March 2021 – A court in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, has jailed Tunisian-French rapper Swagg Man for five years after finding him guilty on fraud and money laundering charges.
The ruling handed down Monday fined Swagg Man 100,000 dinars ($36,000), the French News Agency (AFP) reported Tuesday, citing Tunisian judicial official Mohsen Dali.
Funds estimated at about 17 million dinars ($6 million) in euros and Swiss francs were also confiscated from Swagg Man’s accounts.
Dali added that a European man, who is on the run and whom he did not name, was also sentenced in the same case as Swagg Man.
Swagg Man, whose real mane is Iteb Zaibet, has been detained since 2019 when he was arrested on suspicions that money transfers on a Swiss bank account were could be covering up for crimes.
On Instagram, Swagg Man, claimed that he was raising funds to build a mosque, an orphanage and a hotel.
The court ruled that he was using the charity supposedly set up to build these facilities merely as a front for money laundering.
Swagg Man’s judicial troubles are not over yet. He is also suspected of having defrauded social media fans.
He faces a French arrest warrant issued in 2019 in connection with embezzlement.
He has denied the charges against him and can appeal the sentence.
The 34-year-old Swagg Man is an internet celebrity, known for the Louis Vuitton logos tattoed on his head, for his ostentatiouis clothing, and the spotting of chunky jewelry.