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April 22, 2019

Fugees founder Pras Michel accused of multimillion-dollar conspiracy to help Malaysian fugitive

December 1, 2018
Fugees founder Pras Michel is being investigated for his alleged role in an elaborate illegal scheme. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Fugees founder Prakazrel (Pras) Michel is under scrutiny for conspiring to funnel tens of millions of dollars to assist a Malaysian fugitive.

Court documents revealed Friday indicate Michel and former Justice Department official George Higginbotham were allegedly involved in an elaborate scheme to funnel the cash to influence investigations involving financier Jho Low, who authorities claim is on the lam.

Last week, Higginbotham was charged with one felony county of conspiracy to make false statements to a bank. He has pleaded guilty, reported ABC News.

Michel has not been charged yet, said a Justice Department spokeswoman who claimed the probe is ongoing.

The alleged conspiracy is tied to a major international scandal that has been unfolding for several years, the documents indicate. At the center is an investment company called 1Malaysia Development Berhad, created by the Malaysian government to promote long-term economic development for its people.

Corrupt Malaysian officials and businessmen then purportedly misused more than $4.5 billion from the company and laundered it through shell companies.

Four weeks ago, the Justice Department charged Low for allegedly taking part in the scheme, including efforts to bribe officials overseas.

Michel, 46, founded the Fugees in the early 1990s. The influential hip-hop group is best known for its 1996 megahit “Killing Me Softly,” a remake of the Roberta Flack ballad.

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