Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue is headed to prison. The 37-year-old singer, born Diamond Smith, will serve 20 months behind bars after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Complex notes Baby Blue was arrested for filing fraudulent loan applications to receive money from the Paycheck Protection Program. He was part of a scam that received $24 million from the program. Baby Blue used a company titled LLC, to receive a loan of over $400,000 and his Blue Star Records LLC for another $700,000. Baby Blue would use the money to purchase a Ferrari and during a visit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Baby Blue has been ordered to pay $1,111,345 in restitution and $1,134,782 in forfeiture.


“We all make mistakes…I admit I made a mistake, I’ve learned from it the hard way and won’t make it again,” Baby Blue said on Instagram. “My mistakes don’t define me as a man and I will come out of this more than I was before. With more integrity, more character, more knowledge of my self, more wiser, more stronger!”

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