YouTube sensation is being charged with several crimes. Bill Omar Carrasquillo is better known as “Omi in a Hellcat”, is facing some serious charges. His multi-million empire may come to ruins after these allegations by the FBI.
Did “Omi In A Hellcat” Set Up Illegal Streaming Services?
According to federal authorities, Carrasquillo had one of the most elaborate alleged Ponzi schemes in operation. As it relates to discount streaming services, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The highly successful YouTuber with over 800,000 followers offered discount streaming services. In just three short years, Carrasquillo went from allegedly selling drugs in North Philly to becoming a millionaire.
Carrasquillo was handcuffed and arrested in his home. Photos of his arrest were posted on social media. Apparently, some unknown woman in Carrasquillo live-streamed the arrest. Carrasquillo and two other business associates, Jesse Gonzales and Michael Barone are facing 62 counts of the indictment. Some of the charges consist of conspiracy to commit tax evasion and copyright violations. If convicted the men may be behind bars for a long time.
The discount streaming service offered customers a low price of just $15 per month. This discounted rate allowed customers to view hundreds of TV shows and movies. As we all know, streaming services can be pricey. Of course, many customers opted for Carrasquillo streaming services instead. However, allegedly the streaming services Carrasquillo offered were illegal. In other words, Carrasquillo did not own the rights to the streaming services he was offering.
Bradley S. Benavides, the acting head of the Philadelphia FBI’s office shared this,
“You can’t just go and monetize someone else’s copyrighted content with impunity.” “Theft is theft”, and if you’re going to willfully steal another party’s intellectual property, the FBI stand ready to step in and shut you down.”
With that being said, do you think that Carrasquillo has been unfairly targeted or not? Just a few months ago, Carrasquillo spoke on his YouTube channel to his followers. Carrasquillo told his follower that over two years ago the FBI allegedly took millions from his bank account. In addition, they confiscated his luxury automobiles and some of his properties. Also, Carrasquillo admits he hired accountants who were not licensed. And, it is a possibility he tax evasion issues may stem from not hiring the proper people over his finances.
How many times have we seen this kind of thing happen? It is possible that Carrasquillo did hire an alleged crooked accountant. But it will not matter to the FBI. Carrasquillo is responsible for his own money management. After all, the business is in his name, not the accountant he hired.
Or it could be a clear-cut case of the FBI targeting a successful businessman of color. Whatever the case, Carrasquillo is facing some very serious allegations. Hopefully, Carrasquillo has hired a great attorney. He is really going to need great representation.
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