A young couple accidentally transferred their $750,000 house payment to an aspiring rapper’s bank account, which they then splurged on a wild spending spree, a court has heard.
Abdel Ghadia, 24, appeared at Sydney’s Burwood Local Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to two charges of handling the proceeds of crime, after wasting gold bars, clothing, currency and, interestingly, make-up.
According to a report from the Fairfield Advocate, the court was told the unnamed couple were in the final steps of buying a new home when they transferred $759,314 to Ghadia, rather than the Commonwealth Bank account they were supposed to invest in. funds.
The court reportedly heard that Ghadia told police he “just woke up and saw the money,” before proceeding to spend nearly $600,000 worth of gold bullion at a store in Sydney, plus more than $110,000 at a separate shop in Brisbane, where he also bought expensive coins
Court facts revealed that he also bought clothes from Uniqlo, makeup from Mecca and bought foreign currency, the Advocate reported.
Abdel Ghadia (pictured) pleaded guilty to two counts of handling criminal proceeds after nearly $760,000 ended up in his bank account by mistake.
Ghadia took to Instagram on August 4 bragging about the outrageous claim that police tapped her phone calls and asked her where the money went.
Abdel Ghadia’s shopping spree
ABC Bullion, Sydney CBD: $598,188 spent over six visits, including 14 multi-peso gold bars
Ainslie Bullion, Brisbane: $62,843 for a 500g gold bar and a 10oz bar. $48,222 worth of gold KHC coins were also purchased
international money market: $14,490 in foreign currency.
ATMs in Sydney: $13,600 cash withdrawn
Westfield Paramatta: $6,235 in clothing from Uniqlo and JD Sports, and makeup from MECCA.
The Advocate reported that when he was first arrested and asked if he had spent the couple’s money, he said “no because,” according to court documents.
He later admitted that he went and spent the money after it “dropped” into his account.
The horrified couple were devastated when they learned that their funds had not reached the account designated for settlement.
Court records seen by the Daily Mail Australia indicate that he pleaded guilty to two counts of handling criminal proceeds in excess of $100,000.
As the case progressed through the court system, Ghadia, known as ‘Slimmy’ on YouTube, alluded to the incident in a post written entirely in rap.
Three months ago, he captioned a photo of himself on the phone and holding a cup of coffee with: ‘Detectives bidding asking where the MONEY went,
‘All my phone calls were intercepted but I speak a different LINGO!!’
The aspiring rapper spent on gold bars, clothing, currency and cosmetics, a Sydney court heard this week.
Abdel Ghadia (pictured) will be sentenced in December after facing court this week
The court heard that Ghadia also went shopping for $6,235 at Westfield Parramatta, including clothes from Uniqlo (pictured)
According to her social media profiles, Ghadia has released albums and performed at various venues.
A book on independent rappers published in 2018 described Ghadia as a humble young man who had a great future in music as an artist and writer and promised at the time to continue supporting his musical journey.
“He took life’s obstacles and put them into a framework that represents his years growing up in South West Sydney,” he said.
“Through his catalog (sic) of music, people will understand him as a person and what he strives for.
“Whether I’m in front of the microphone or behind the scenes as a writer for others, either way it’s going to be great.”
Ghadia has been hit with strict bail conditions that prohibit him from going anywhere near an international airport and has a curfew of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
He will be sentenced on December 2.
The shopping spree at Westfield Parramatta also included cosmetics from Mecca (pictured)
The aspiring rapper from Western Sydney spent much of the funds that accidentally landed in his account on gold bullion (stock image)
Aspiring rapper Abdel Ghadia uploaded rap videos to YouTube under the name Slimmy