Fugees rapper Pras MichÃ©l has been found guilty in a sprawling corruption trial that has rocked the political world. The trial, which has been ongoing for several years, has implicated a number of high-profile individuals in a web of bribery, fraud, and money laundering.
MichÃ©l, whose real name is Prakazrel Samuel Michel, was charged with funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC during the 2012 presidential election. The money was allegedly funneled through a straw donor scheme, in which individuals were reimbursed for making donations to the PAC.
MichÃ©l was also accused of conspiring with Malaysian businessman Jho Low to launder money through a number of shell companies. Low, who is currently on the run from authorities, is believed to have stolen billions of dollars from the Malaysian government in a massive corruption scandal.
The trial has been closely watched by political observers, as it has shed light on the corrupt practices that are all too common in American politics. The case has also highlighted the role that wealthy donors play in shaping political outcomes, and the need for greater transparency and accountability in campaign finance.
MichÃ©l, who rose to fame as a member of the Fugees in the 1990s, has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. However, the evidence presented by prosecutors was overwhelming, and the jury ultimately found him guilty on all counts.
The rapper now faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in the scheme. His sentencing is scheduled for later this year.
The verdict in the MichÃ©l case is a stark reminder of the need for greater oversight and regulation of political donations. It is also a warning to those who would seek to use their wealth and influence to subvert the democratic process. As the trial has shown, the consequences of such actions can be severe, and the price of corruption is high.