Rapper Willie D pleads guilty in Houston to wire fraud

Rapper Willie D. will serve a year and a day in federal prison. (AP photo)

December 18, 2009 1:03:59 PM PST
Former Geto Boys rapper Willie D pleaded guilty in Houston to wire fraud over the bogus sale of iPhones and other electronics. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old artist, whose real name is William James Dennis, pleaded guilty Friday over purported sales through a company called Texas One Wireless.

Sentencing is April 23 for Dennis, who faces up to 20 years in prison.

Dennis was indicted in June on charges accusing him of selling iPhones and other electronics to online shoppers without delivering the merchandise.

Investigators say the $132,000 fraud involved at least 29 individuals since September 2008. Dennis, who is free on bond, must make restitution.

Dennis was the lead member of the gangsta rap Geto Boys, who recorded hit songs between 1989 and 1996.