Feds charge reality TV star with using Payroll Protection Program funds for Rolex, child support


Atlanta, Georgia – How quickly the mighty can fall.

According to a release by the Department of Justice, reality TV star Maurice Fayne, from the VH1 show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” was arrested on May 11th for federal bank fraud charges after using monies doled out from the Paycheck Protection Program for non-small-business related expenses.

What was intended to be used to sustain small businesses throughout the economic effects of the pandemic, the DOJ says was used to purchase a car, jewelry, and even make child support payments by Fayne.

Fayne is most known for his portrayal as Arkansas Mo on reality TV show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”. Outside of his television exploits, Fayne is listed as the sole proprietor of Flame Trucking.

Back in April, Fayne had applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, claiming he was trying to support 107 employees during the economic portion of the crisis.

United Community Bank had funded a loan to Fayne for $2,045,800 and had previously certified that the money would be used under the guidelines relevant to the PPP.

In a nutshell, Fayne would only be allowed to use the loan for things like payroll, mortgage expenses related to the business, utilities expenses for the business and the ilk.

Days after securing the loan, over $1.5 million was spent, according to the DOJ. This led to the DOJ reportedly discovering that there were a few purchases with said loan that violated the terms outlined within the CAREs Act where the PPP was given life.

Investigators executed a search warrant of Fayne’s home on May 11th after authorities interviewed Fayne on May 6th, where at the time he’d sworn that all the money obtained was being used for business expenses attributed to Flame Trucking.

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Said search warrant revealed $80,000 in cash inside the home, a 2019 Rolls Royce that still had the dealer’s temporary tag on it, nearly $10,000 in Fayne’s pocket at the time, thousands of dollars’ worth of new jewelry, and even evidence of $40,000 paid toward child support.

Authorities were also able to successfully recover $503,000 in PPP funds after gaining control of Fayne’s three bank accounts.

If convicted of the alleged crimes, Fayne might have to trade in his reality star status on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” to perhaps an unknowing cameo appearance on A&E’s “60 Days In”.

Although, considering recent sentences administered to reality TV stars, who knows just how long Arkansas Mo will be getting imprisoned for if convicted. 

The staff at MTO News informed Law Enforcement Today in early March that four years ago, Lifetime’s ‘Bring It’ dance coach John Conner III was arrested after police say the former reality star had sex with a 16-year-old boy and gave him HIV.

Now, MTO News has learned that the Memphis district attorney agreed to a plea deal which gave the reality star only 9 months in jail for those crimes.

John Conner was diagnosed with HIV in 2012.  He allegedly met the 16-year-old boy in 2015 on social media, at which time Conner was 26-years-old. Then, according to police, he invited the child to join his “Infamous Dancerettes” dance troupe – which was featured on the Lifetime show “Bring It.”

Eventually, police say that Conner began having unprotected sex with the young boy, several times in Conner’s car.  The two also exchanged nude photos via text message.

Conner did not tell the child that he had HIV.  In August of 2016, the boy told his parents about his sexual relationship with Conner, and they advised him to get tested knowing his history.

The boy tested positive for HIV, and police allege that it was due to Conner infecting him with it.

The district attorney has decided that his crimes were “minor” and is only giving the accused HIV infecting child predator a sentence of nine months in prison and four years’ probation.  He must also register as a sex offender for life.

Back in November, Conner pleaded guilty to charges of criminal exposure to HIV, statutory rape by an authority figure, and solicitation of a minor.  The response on social media was swift – and brutal. 

Many are offering to protest the Memphis District Attorney General Amy Weirich and to ask for her removal from office.  MTO News contacted the Memphis District Attorney’s office to ask for comment but has not received a response.

John Conner III also has two similar cases pending with young men aged 17 and 24.


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