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Jacob the Jeweler gets 30 months in jail

Submitted by on June 24, 2008 – 2:50 pm13 Comments

Diddy with Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabov

According to the Associated Press:

The New York businessman known in the hip-hop world as “Jacob the Jeweler” was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for lying to investigators looking into a multi-state drug ring.

Jacob Arabov, 43, pleaded guilty in October to falsifying records and giving false statements as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, who asked U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn to impose a minimum sentence of three years and one month.

But Cohn decided to shave off seven months from that recommendation, citing Arabov’s extensive charity work.

Cohn also ordered the Russian immigrant to pay a $50,000 fine and to make a $2 million forfeiture payment to the government.

“I feel ashamed that I broke the laws of this country, a country that has been so good for me,” Arabov said. “I will carry this shame for the rest of my life.”

Arabov was arrested in 2006 at his Manhattan jewelry shop. Authorities accused him and others of conspiring to launder about $270 million in drug profits.

Prosecutors dropped the money laundering charges in the plea deal.

Authorities accused Arabov and others of conspiring to launder drug profits for the “Black Mafia Family,” a ring that operated out of the Detroit area beginning in the early 1990s.

The seven-year investigation resulted in the indictments of Arabov and at least 41 other people, federal authorities say.

They say about 1,100 pounds of cocaine and $19 million in cash and other assets were seized beginning in 2000.

Arabov, also known as the “King of Bling,” became popular among hip-hop and R&B artists in the mid-1990s.

He launched a line of religious-themed jewelry with Kanye West, who later named him in songs including “Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” in which he asked, “These ain’t conflict diamonds, is they Jacob? Don’t lie to me man.”

He also manufactured Lil’ Kim’s line of Royalty watches.

Arabov will report to prison Jan. 15.

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  • man. who cares

    US government all mad they can’t get taxes on money

    for real though…………. ridiculous

    what did he do? He did business………

    America = a capitalist country………. u don’t eat if you don’t got money

    Jacob The Jeweler should be free eventhough I’m sure he won’t do a full 3 years the regular way


  • E-zy says:

    Hope He’s Takin’ Some Diamonds, Cuz’ Hes Gunna’ Need’em!

  • Rick Lexington says:

    wait so they investigated him and others for 7yrs and he’s getting 2 1/2 years. WTH lol.

    Oh and I think he’ll be needing cigs instead of diamonds lol.

  • Flip says:

    LOL – no other words needed

  • j.Are says:

    diamonds go from the hands of abused black slaves, into the chains of rich black rappers. our clothes, shoes, etc etc are supporting bad things. it’s a dirty f*cked up world out there, and here we are. average americans complain about “the man” but to most of the world, even us jacks and jills ARE the man. anyways, no time for rant. peace.

  • stylesp says:

    hip hop clothing, no disrespect but how can you say that. He committed a crime. are you saying this because he’s popular and well known among hip hop artist. The man committed the crime and even by his own admission.

  • stylesp says:

    Rick Lexington, hahaha you funny :)

  • stylesp says:

    No but trust and believe he’s getting 2 yrs-AS LONG AS HE ALSO PAYS.

  • Rick Lexington says:

    haha thanks styles

  • t says:

    jacobs an idiot

    he must have been making hell of a lot more bank on his craft than fuckin with this shit

  • kristie says:

    people get greedy.
    he’ll only do half time since it’s prison so he’ll only do a year&3 months.

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