The sentencing of bounce hip-hop star Big Freedia for stealing $35,000 (£26,819) in U.S. government funds has been delayed.
The musician and reality star, who was born Freddie Ross Jr., was due to be sentenced on Thursday (09Aug16) after pleading guilty to the theft of federal Section 8 housing voucher funds in March (16).
Freedia, who prefers to be referred to by the pronoun "she", was on subsidised housing for years before finding musical success and had continued to receive the housing vouchers although her financial circumstances had altered.
According to editors at the New Orleans Advocate newspaper U.S. District Judge Lance Africk cited an unspecified court conflict as a reason for delaying the sentencing hearing.
After her guilty plea, the 38-year-old faces a maximum 10-year jail sentence and $250,000 fine (£191,438).
Last month (Jul16), Judge Africk ordered Freedia to a halfway house after she tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine use.
The publication reports that a federal probation report containing a recommended sentence was filed last Thursday (04Aug16), but is still under seal.
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