Men posing as Wu-Tang Clan members accused of scamming hotels out of more than $100K

ATLANTA — A group of men driving around in Rolls-Royces posed as famous rappers to scam more than $100,000 from exclusive hotels, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

Investigators say Aaron Barnes-Burpo and another man claimed to be with the entertainment firm Roc Nation and the Wu-Tang Clan.

The Georgian Terrace hotel and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta say they walked out on tabs worth $45,000 and $39,000.

It wasn't until a hotel in Augusta suspected a scam that Barnes-Burpo and Walker Washington were arrested.


Washington and Barnes-Burpo are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Credit cards used in the scam included one that was stolen and another that was likely fake, the complaint states.

Two others with the group told deputies they were homeless men from Atlanta who had been recruited by the defendants to be bodyguards. Others who traveled with them were not charged.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.

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