Markus Myrie, acclaimed producer and the son of incarcerated Reggae superstar, Buju Banton is warning the public of scammers who have been pretending to be representatives of his record label,Markus Records, seeking assistance with Buju’s legal fees.
This is the second alleged scam in relation to Buju in as many months. In May, Buju’s defense committee warned of an impostor acting as the embattled singer’s agent; approaching promoters seeking money for a concert in Trinidad in his honor. A statement from the committee said Buju had not given anyone the authority to act as an agent on his behalf and that no such concert existed, warning persons to call the authorities if receiving a call from said impostor.
Myrie says he was made aware of this latest scam recently and says neither he, nor his father are seeking any assistance for Buju’s legal fees and are warning the public to be careful if approached by these alleged scammers.
“It has recently reached me that there are imposters who are pretending to be me and are claiming that they are seeking funds to help my father,” Myrie said in a release issued Tuesday, his father’s 41st birthday. “I want to tell Jamaica and the rest of the world that this is the farthest thing from the truth.”
“You have some very unscrupulous individuals out there who are trying to tarnish my reputation, but I will not have it,”it continued “These imposters are calling around entertainers and other media personnel saying that they are Markus and are collecting money. I am asking the public to be very careful about who they hand over their hard-earned money to. Under no circumstances should you give any money to anyone who claims that they are representatives of Buju Banton. Neither my father nor I have given that right to anyone to collect money on his behalf.”
Buju Banton remains housed in an American federal facility as he continues to serve his 10-year sentence on drug related charges. Earlier this year, the legendary singer appealed for a new trial and is now being represented by Harvard law professor, Charles Ogletree.
Buju is eligible for release in February 2019.