Police: rapper Lil Meech charged with stealing luxury watches in Miami Miami-Dade County records say Lil Meech allegedly failed to pay for a $200,000 watch. (DTM)
MIAMI — Rapper-actor Lil Meech, a protege of hip-hop star 50 Cent, is accused of involvement in a scheme to steal watches worth hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches, authorities said.
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The 22-year-old musician, whose real name is Demetrius Edward Flenory Jr., was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of first-degree larceny and a separate count of organized fraud, according to Miami-Dade County’s online court records.
Authorities said Flenory failed to honor an agreement to make a $200,000 payment for a watch, the Miami Herald reported. Police say Flenory convinced a Miami jeweler to lend him a $275,000 Richard Mille Roberto Mancini watch on consignment before trading it to another jeweler, the newspaper reported.
Police say Flenory was able to obtain the watch by saying he needed it for a GQ photo shoot, according to the Herald.
TMZ also reported the alleged theft.
Police said on February 4, Flenory visited Haimov Jewelers in Miami on February 4, the Herald reported. Store owner Moshe Haimov agreed to sell him the Richard Mille watch if he traded in his $80,000 platinum Rolex and made payments of $100,000 in March and April, according to the newspaper.
Flenory went to the store on February 14 and asked Haimov to repair the watch he was buying because it was missing stones, the Herald reported. Haimov also agreed to lend Flenory a $350,000 Mexican edition of the Richard Mille watch on consignment, according to the newspaper.
Police say Flenory failed to pay the balance on the watch and never returned it, TMZ reported.
Two weeks later, Flenory reportedly visited a Timepiece Trading jeweler and asked for an appraisal of the watch’s value, the Herald reported. This jeweler then agreed to exchange a Richard Mille Yohan Blake edition watch in Flenory for the watch he borrowed on consignment, according to the newspaper.
Flenory was cast in 2021 by 50 Cent — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — to play his father, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory on the Starz series “BMF,” TMZ reported. Da’Vinchi starred as Flenory Jr.’s younger brother, “Southwest T”, WSVN-TV reported.
The elder Flenory, a drug kingpin and founder of the Black Mafia Family drug syndicate in Detroit in the 1980s, was sentenced to 30 years in 2008 for laundering drug money through BMF Entertainment, the Herald reported. His sentence was reduced by three years in 2021.
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