A prominent social media star was accused of running a TV pirate gang that grossed him and two partners over $30 million — and livestreamed his arrest when the FBI raided his New Jersey home.
The influencer, whose real name is Bill Omar Carrasquillo, 35, has been charged with conspiracy to commit copyright, tax evasion and fraud for his illegal websites for online streaming services.
Along with partners Jesse Gonzales, 42, and Michael Barone, 36, Carrasquillo would offer subscribers all-inclusive access to content from Comcast, Verizon FiOS, DirectTV and HBO for just $15 a month.
Both Gonzales and Barone were also indicted, with prosecutors alleging they collected more than $30 million in subscription fees, which they attempted to hide by distributing them to various apps and bank accounts.
In this photo, famed New Jersey YouTube star Omi in a Hellcat, whose real name is Bill Omar Carrasquillo, speaks to reporters outside his New Jersey home. The influencer was arrested by the FBI and charged in one of the largest illegal TV piracy rings ever
Omi insists he made his money legally through a construction company and as a landlord. He also makes money through his YouTube channel
This 69-page, 62-count indictment alleges that Carrasquillo, who has amassed more than 800,000 YouTube subscribers, ran an illegal streaming service called Reboot, Gears TV, Reloaded, and Gears Reloaded.
The 69-page, 62-count indictment alleges that Carrasquillo, who has amassed more than half a million YouTube subscribers, ran an illegal streaming service called Reboot, Gears TV, Reloaded, and Gears Reloaded.
In November 2019, the FBI raided Carrasquillo’s homes, confiscated his supercars, Rolex watches and bank accounts, and began investigating his TV streaming activities and tax returns. He was arrested on Tuesday.
Nearly all of Carrasquillo’s possessions were taken in the raid nearly two years ago, leaving him “to nothing.”
“They came back for things they claimed I did. The copyright infringement. I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong, of course,” Carrasquillo told FOX 29 outside his home.
Omi in a Hellcat, pictured, has over 800,000 followers on Instagram and over half a million followers on YouTube. On his online profiles he describes himself as an influencer, YouTuber, club owner, investor and entrepreneur
The influencer, real name Bill Omar Carrasquillo, says his assets were seized during a raid last month
“We are now going to have our day in court,” he added.
His attorney, Donte Mills, said: “He is being punished for being innovative and creative. There’s no law that says he couldn’t do what he did.”
Carrasquillo adds, “No copyright holder has ever contacted me to say, ‘Hey, you can’t do this’ because there are certain ways I’ve set up the company that will prove to a million percent that it’s not illegal.” used to be .’
Nearly all of Carrasquillo’s possessions were taken during the raid, leaving him “to nothing”
Justice Department seizures allegedly related to Gears TV-related domains
The car enthusiast also posted two documents online that he believes show 12 of the cars taken from his property, showing that at least three Lamborghinis, three Jeeps and an Audi were seized. A second list shows a number of Rolex watches, plus jewelry seized by authorities
He said his mansion in Woolwich Township, New Jersey was also raided, with federal authorities taking “everything.” He claims other properties he owns were also targeted.
A neighbor, John Ware, said: FOX 29: ‘They unloaded them one at a time over the course of 4 to 5 hours. They took all his cars—probably thirty.”
The car enthusiast also posted two documents online that he believes show 12 of the cars taken from his property, showing that at least three Lamborghinis, three Jeeps and an Audi were seized.
A second list shows a number of Rolex watches, plus diamond, gold, and silver jewelry seized by authorities.
Carrasquillo added that he does not believe he is “completely innocent,” saying, “Ignorance does not excuse the law.”
“I found a loophole, I ran through it and I did a great job. There are other colleagues in the same company I was in and they have never had any problems with the FBI,” he told FOX 29.
That loophole could now cost Carrasquillo his life in prison if convicted.