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Rapper Faked Own Death? 'Tim Dog' Accused of Avoiding Debt

Friday, 24 May 2013 08:23 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A woman has accused rapper Tim Dog of faking his own death because he owed her money. If her claim is true, the musician could find himself in jail.

Tim Dog, whose real name is Timothy Blair, is alive, according to Esther Pilgrim. A judge issued an arrest warrant for the rapper on Tuesday. Desoto County Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera said he has not found any proof yet that the entertainer is actually dead.

The rapper had been paying a court-ordered $19,000 in restitution in monthly installments to Pilgrim for money she loaned him. Those payments stopped in February when The Source magazine reported that he died after suffering a seizure.

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“Starting on March 1, 2013, he did not pay his fines, costs and assessments,” Jubera said. “And consistent with what I always do, I issued a bench warrant to revoke his probation for not paying his fines," Jubera said.

Jubera is now seeking a death certificate from the Georgia Department of Public Health to confirm the death. Tim Dog was reportedly living in Atlanta at time of his death. The Source’s original story on Blair’s death is no longer online. A Rolling Stone magazine obituary story on Blair referred details to The Source.

Drew Millard’s story about Blair on Noisey revealed that the rapper had a history of meeting women like Pilgrim online and convincing them to give him money that he never repaid. Millard confronted the author of Blair’s original death story, Sha Be Allah. Allah told Millard that he received his information from two family members and did not seek out a death certificate, even though there was no funeral or details about the death.

Blair was sentenced to five years' probation after pleading guilty in August 2011 to grand larceny for swindling Pilgrim, who says she met the rapper online in 2007 and loaned him money that she never got back.

“I'm not pursuing a fraud case involving Mr. Blair's death [or lack thereof],” Assistant District Attorney Jubera said. “The only proof we have is that he hasn't paid his bill. All I'm after is to bring him before the court to pay his fines. At this point, I am pursuing this to fully pay as ordered. If he is deceased, we would close the case. And, if he is in fact alive, the bench warrant is in place to bring him into custody.”

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