R. Kelly has reportedly been diverting his funds into the bank account of a close friend, according to the feds.
Kelly has maintained that he is broke, citing his illiteracy and shady employees for bleeding him dry without his knowledge. When requesting bond, his defense attorneys often cite his lack of funds as a reason for him not be able to flee the country.
But federal prosecutors say that the shamed singer's claims are a lie:
"In fact, the defendant continues to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with royalties he is owed for his music," the feds wrote per Page Six.
"The government's investigation has revealed that earlier this year, the defendant re-directed those royalties to the bank account of a childhood friend. Regardless of where those funds are being held, however, they belong to the defendant and, at any time, the defendant can redirect those funds — and future royalty proceeds earned — to an account in his name."
Kelly was recently denied bond in the racketeering case against him in New York. He will sit in jail until his trial begins in May 2020.