D.C. rapper Fat Trel was arrested Sunday for passing counterfeit money at a Maryland casino, police say.
The rapper signed to Maybach Music Group — the Atlantic Records subsidiary run by Rick Ross — was caught attempting to exchange $450 in fake bills for chips at Maryland Live Casino.
The 25-year-old emcee — real name Martrel Reeves — told investigators he acquired the counterfeit bills at 7-11 ATM in D.C., a police report says. But Trel told a different story on Twitter the next day, posting, “An ATM? I don’t even own a bank card. Picture Big Gleetchie [a nickname] at a ATM.”
In a tweet that’s since been deleted, Fat Trel said he got the counterfeit bills from a promoter.
The rapper, a native of Northeast D.C., first rose to prominence in 2011 with street hits like “Respect With the Teck.” He signed to Maybach Music Group in 2013.
Trel was charged with a misdemeanor in Anne Arundel County. He’s now back on the street, posting regularly on Instagram and Twitter.
Bandwidth could not reach the rapper’s attorney, who is on vacation.