A producer working with Bebe Rexha has been sentenced to two years in prison after stealing close to $37,000 from her.
Devine Evans (real named Anthony Wade Evans), a music producer based in California, was sentenced on Monday (November 25) after pleading guilty last year to one count of aggravated identity theft.
Evans was accused of stealing credit cards from two of his clients in order to buy services for his wedding, as well as airline fares and hotel reservations for himself and family members. The clients were identified in court documents as A.P. and B.R. TMZ would later identify one of the victims as Rexha.
The producer unlawfully used the ‘Last Hurrah’ singer’s American Express credit card from June 2017 until March 2018. Rexha’s business manger called American Express in May 2018 to report the suspicious transactions on her credit card. The card had been reported lost or stolen a year earlier, but remained active and was used for 146 unauthorised charges that totalled about $37,000, according to court documents.
Evans also fraudulently used a second client’s American Express card from April 2017 until August 2017 racking up about $63,000 in unauthorised charges.
He was ordered to pay $34,810 in restitution to American Express, according to a statement by the US Attorney’s Office.
The total loss in the case was reported to be $100,792.
Evans is a five-time Grammy winner, including one for production contributions to Pharrell Williams‘ ‘Happy’, which took home Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2014 awards. He has also worked with the likes of Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.
The ‘I’m A Mess’ singer revealed she has the condition in a series of tweets back in April in which she explained how certain behaviours led to the diagnosis.