The summer of 2020 was quite eventful for some of the Love & Hip Hop stars. A few stars of the franchise found themselves arrested this summer on various charges. Even though we are in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic, stars from the New York and Atlanta franchise found themselves in handcuffs.
Here’s who was arrested this summer:
Yandy Smith Was Arrested While Protesting for Breonna Taylor
While participating in a “Day of Action” peaceful march to protest for justice for Breonna Taylor on August 25, 2020, Love & Hip Hop New York star Yandy Smith was arrested, Page Six reported. Smith, who was marching alongside Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams, marched with demonstrators from the Louisville Metro Police Department training facility and were stopped when they reached the Denny Crum Overpass for obstructing traffic. According to WWL, Smith was among 68 people who were charged with obstructing the roadway and disorderly conduct.
“We knew at that point we were going to be detained,” Smith told Page Six. “But that’s when I’m like, ‘Well, I’m going to stand up.’ I did not know if they were going to start pepper-spraying. If they are going to do anything, they’re not going to do it to me on my back.”
Smith told Page Six that when she was detained, only one of her phones was confiscated so she used the other one to document what she described as “inhumane conditions.”
“I wanted to document as much as possible what was happening so people could see we are peacefully protesting while the murderers of this young woman are going to work,” she said. “They’re living their lives on vacations, while us that are trying to get justice for her and are not breaking the law are getting arrested.”
Smith was also one of the 87 demonstrators who were arrested in July 2020 while protesting on the lawn of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, WLKY reported. A spokesperson from the Louisville Metro Police Department told WLKY that Smith and the others arrested were charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process, disorderly conduct in the second degree and criminal trespassing.
Maurice “Arkansas Mo” Fayne Was Arrested & Charged With Bank Fraud
Maurice “Arkansas Mo” Fayne, who you’ve seen on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta while he was in a relationship with Karlie Redd, was arrested in May of 2020. The Department of Justice stated in a news release that Fayne was indicted by a grand jury on charges of bank fraud, making a false statement to a federally-insured financial institution and money laundering on June 24, 2020. He is accused of using money he received through the Paycheck Protection Program to rent a Rolls Royce, buy jewelry and pay off loans and child support. Fayne was charged with wire fraud as well due to him being suspected of participating in a Ponzi scheme, the DOJ said.
The Department of Justice claimed in April, Fayne applied for a PPP loan on behalf of his trucking company, Flame Trucking, and said he had 107 employees with a payroll of $1,490,200 and therefore was requesting a loan of $3,725,500.
The DOJ stated that instead of using the funds for his trucking business, he used:
- $40,000 for past-due child support.
- $50,000 for restitution owed in a previous fraud case.
- $65,000 in cash withdrawals.
- $85,000 for custom-made jewelry.
- $136,000 to lease a 2019 Rolls-Royce.
- $230,000 to associates who helped him run a Ponzi scheme.
- $907,000 to help an associate start a new business.
While being investigated, federal agents seized $617,000 from seven bank accounts, $136,000 used as a down payment on the 2019 Rolls-Royce, $79,482 in cash from Fayne’s house, eight Kenworth T-680 trucks, six Great Dane refrigerated trailers, a $3,750 diamond ring, a $24,500 diamond bracelet, and a $52,000 Rolex watch.
Benzino Was Accused of Damaging Someone’s Vehicle
On July 31, 2020, former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Benzino was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Benzino, born Raymond Scott, was accused of becoming aggressive once he saw his ex-girlfriend, Althea Eaton, going on a walk with another man.
A police report obtained by the AJC stated that Benzino approached the man in a “threatening and harassing manner” and then hit his 2018 Chevy Silverado several times with his fist, leaving two dents on the driver’s side of the SUV.
According to TMZ, Benzino claimed that while he was watching his son, whom he shares with Eaton, play tennis, a man approached him and threatened to kill him. Since there were witnesses who backed up the SUV owner’s story, Benzino was arrested and charged with one count of criminal damage in the second degree and one count of disorderly conduct and was taken to Gwinnett County Jail. His bail was set at $8,450 and he was later released.