In an interview with Hiphopenquirer.com, a Wells Fargo spokesperson stated that Youngsta (real name Sam Benson) never made a withdrawal and doesn’t have an account at the bank.
“Mr. Benson is not an account holder with us. He did not enter our store nor did he make any withdrawals,” an official statement from Wells Fargo read.
The statement comes after the rapper generated headlines last week after claiming he was detained by Atlanta authorities following his withdrawal from his account at the Wells Fargo location on Peachtree Road on Friday. Social media captured the incident as Instagram pictures show Youngsta on the ground in handcuffs as an officer stood over him.
Despite the exposure from Benson’s claims, Atlanta Police Department Sergeant Warren Pickard countered the media reports, saying they are “not accurate.”
According to Pickard, Benson and several of his associates were detained “briefly.” The lawman went to state that the entertainer only had $70,000 in his possession — not $200,000 — and no money was taken from him.
Best known for his 2014 single “Heavy,” Benson received a $200,000 bonus when he signed to fellow rapper Yo Gotti‘s CMG record label last year.
Scroll below to read the Atlanta Police Department’s full statement on the situation with Benson:
Greetings Media Outlets,
On January 8, 2016, Atlanta Police Officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank, 3235 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia. The 911 caller stated that a male was trying to cash a forged check valued at $24,000. The description of the male provided to police was limited and conflicting.
The Video Integration Center (VIC) using the camera system were able to get a visual of a possible suspect inside a car in the parking lot of the bank. This information was relayed to officers on the scene. The car was stopped and everyone inside the car was briefly detained. It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect. It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.
The caller identified Mr. Charles Darnell Edward (03/02/1976) as the male attempting to cash the fraudulent $24,000 CHECK. Mr. Edwards was arrested at the scene and charged with forgery in the first degree (felony).
The Rapper, who identified himself as “Blac Youngsta”, by coincidence happened to be at the bank at the same time. Upon police officers arriving on scene, they made a brief detention of him until a positive identification by the caller was made. This incident did not directly involved Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime.
Sergeant Warren Pickard
Atlanta Police Department