Pretty Ricky’s Baby Blue is on his way to the big house, but not before keeping us updated along the way. The Miami rapper is gearing up to turn himself into the authorities as he begins his prison sentence for his COVID-19 scam. But before he walks through those gates, Baby Blue is sharing his last meal with his followers. On August 4th, Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith pled guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud. His infractions included filing at most minuscule 79 PPP loan applications to receive over $24 million in forgivable loans.
Despite many celebrities receiving PPP Loans for their legit businesses like Kanye West, Khloe Kardashian, Jay-Z, and Reese Witherspoon, Baby Blue ended up on the wrong side of the list. With the money received from the loans, Baby Blue reportedly purchased a slew of luxurious items, including a Ferrari valued at almost $100k.
Last month, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed celebrities and CEO were among 19 indicted in Georgia on PPP fraud charges. As of January 2021 Small Biz Trends reported $341M in total fraud attempts. On their list included Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Maurice Fayne who was indicted on charges over a $3.7 million ppp loan application. William Sadleir, a Hollywood Film Producer over $1.7 million PPP loan, and a funeral director who sought $13 Million in Payment Protection Program assistance.
When the news broke, Baby Blue took to Instagram to share his thoughts surrounding the manner. On December 22nd, 2021, the “Grind With Me” rapper wrote a lengthy statement to his social media followers about the lessons he’s learned through the year-long ordeal. Smith stated knowingly that he cannot change his past, but moving forward, he will “start where I am and change the ending.”
Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith was scheduled to turn himself in to federal custody on Monday, February 7th. Once again, taking to social media, the artist gave the address to the correctional facility where fans and supporters can write or send things to him. Then in another slide of photos, Smith shared an intimate dinner with close family and friends. In the photo, fellow Pretty Ricky members, Pleasure P and Spectacular, are also seen at the elegant dining table. Baby Blue captioned the moment as “The Last Supper,” held at South Beach’s Prime 112 restaurant. “The night was filled with tears and laughter,” wrote the artist.
But while he was inundated with well-wishes from fans and supporters, others criticized him for sharing the dinner. “Baby Blue posting pics with his family. Talking bout “Last Supper” before he goes to jail. As if his crazy [self] ain’t do the crime. If he and his family don’t go somewhere,” wrote one user on Twitter. Another wrote, “Baby blue making all these announcements sir go to jail already we don’t care.” On Instagram fans called the singer ‘Extra’ acting like he’s doing life without parole. “Bro its 18 months lol sounding like hes doing life.”