Bronx rapper Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena is being sued for allegedly ripping off a former business partner — who was recently convicted of defrauding his and Cartagena’s customers.
Scott Spina, who was sentenced to three years in prison last month, says in his Manhattan federal lawsuit that Cartagena ripped him off well before he pleaded guilty to ripping of their sneaker customers.
Spina says in court papers that he “worked tirelessly” to get their luxury Manhattan sneaker company, All the Way Up LLC, up and running in 2016 — including negotiating leases and raising $480,000 in capital.
But instead of getting rich, Spina was “unlawfully ejected” from the store in NYC’s Washington Heights neighborhood 20 days after the store’s launch and “banned from the premises,” his lawsuit said.
Spina claims Cartagena hired managers and other employees without consulting him and that the rapper “surreptitiously” opened a separate bank account “in order to divert the store’s proceeds and profits.”
He is suing Cartagena for unjust enrichment, breach of contract and other claims for an amount to be determined by a jury at trial.
If Spina wins, he may have to collect his money from jail.
Last month, the Bloomfield, NJ, resident was sentenced to almost three years in federal prison for defrauding All the Way Up customers and stealing their credit-card information, although he has yet to start his sentence, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.
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