Rap mogul 50 Cent appeared before a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday to explain the stacks of cash he flashes on his Instagram page.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The 40-year-old rapper told Judge Ann Nevins that the stacks of cash were music video props he uses to maintain his image on social media. But that explanation may run him afoul of the Secret Service which has special rules regarding counterfeit money.
Someone should tell Fiddy he can’t stunt on Instagram using fake money from music videos. He has to destroy the fake cash after the final use. Stuntin’ doesn’t qualify as a proper use of fake cash.
Billboard — …his answer may soothe the judge’s concerns, but how about the U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting against the counterfeiting of U.S. currency?
Robert Hoback, a spokesperson for the agency, wouldn’t comment directly about [50 Cent]’s case, but did point out an FAQ on the Secret Service website pertaining to the rules for the printing, publishing and illustration of U.S. currency. The rules dictate that illustrations must be “less than three-fourths or more than one and one-half” the size of a real bill and that anything used in the making of an illustration must be “destroyed and/or deleted or erased after their final use.”