Oakland rapper Philthy Rich facing federal charges in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — One of the Bay Area’s best-known rappers who’s also known as an anti-violence spokesman is out on bail while facing federal charges of attempting to illegally acquire firearms in Las Vegas.

Philthy Rich, whose given name is Phillip Beasley, was charged in late July with conspiracy to make false statements in acquisition of a firearm, as well as one count of making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty at an Aug. 3 court appearance in Las Vegas, then was released from jail the next day after signing a document saying he wouldn’t commit crimes or tamper with evidence, court records show.

The charging document alleges that Beasley arranged for his co-defendant, Jasmine Garcia, to purchase guns on his behalf. It is alleged that Garcia bought three pistols from Precision Armory in Las Vegas, and signed a document confirming the guns were for her. Prosecutors allege Beasley paid her off, then took the guns for himself.

Both Garcia and Beasley are represented by the same prominent Las Vegas law firm, according to court records. Reached by phone Wednesday, Beasley’s attorney, David Chesnoff, said he expected his client to be vindicated.

“We are looking forward to the trial of this matter as our client absolutely maintains his innocence,” Chesnoff said.

The charging records don’t say what penalty Beasley faces if convicted, but on an Instagram video Beasley said he’s looking at “real time” if he’s found guilty. In another social media post, Beasley wrote the allegations “don’t fit my caliber,” and in another recent video, he responded to anyone who celebrated his arrest last July.

“That’s crazy, I wouldn’t wish (jail) on nobody,” Beasley said.

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