Casanova Surrenders to Feds in Racketeering Indictment
Casanova Surrenders in Racketeering Case ... Facing Life in Prison
12/3/2020 11:49 AM PT
11:48 AM PT -- Casanova posted a video proclaiming his innocence and says he plans to fight the charges.
Casanova breaks his silence and says he’s innocent pic.twitter.com/lHYNpwZNTn— XXL Magazine (@XXL) December 3, 2020 @XXL
Casanova is now in federal custody following his indictment in a gang-related racketeering conspiracy case ... TMZ has confirmed.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Brooklyn rapper surrendered at NYPD's Midtown South Precinct Wednesday night at around 11:15 PM. We're told his attorney was with him, and the FBI quickly swooped in to take him into custody.
According to docs, Casanova and 17 others are part of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang that's "committed murder, shootings, robberies, and assaults against their rivals and against fellow members of Gorilla Stone." According to the indictment, the gang's also accused of selling crack, coke in NYC and surrounding suburbs.
And, get this ... federal prosecutors allege the gang "engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Casanova -- who was the last alleged gang member still at large -- was hit with one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and one count of possession of a firearm for drug-trafficking. If convicted, he could get life in prison.
Originally published -- 7:06 AM PT