By Calvin Palmer
Rap artist Willie D, one of the Geto Boys, appeared in court today in Houston charged with a wire fraud scam involving Apple iPhones.
William James Dennis was arrested at Bush Intercontinental Airport yesterday as he returned from an overseas trip.
Dennis appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy and is due to appear in court again tomorrow.
Prosecutors will fight bail on the grounds that Dennis is a flight risk.
The prosecution claim Dennis received thousands of dollars from foreigners through a front company and promised to ship bulk orders of iPhones.
But he always made excuses, never delivered the goods and kept the money, authorities said. He eventually stopped responding to e-mail complaints.
A wire fraud conviction carries up to 20 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]