It took a couple of weeks for people to notice G-Unit member Tony Yayo wasn’t out enjoying his newfound freedom, but it turns out Yayo was tossed back in prison just one day after being released.
Yayo, who spent all of 2003 in state prison while the rest of his crew rocketed to the top of the music charts, was released on parole January 8 (see “Free From Prison, G-Unit’s Tony Yayo Gets New Home And Car” ). But the next day, in the first meeting with his parole officer, Yayo was imprisoned again, this time for possessing a forged passport.
According to a spokesperson for the New York State Division of Parole, Yayo, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, met with his parole officer the day after his release and was asked to provide all his current identification documents as part of a standard, post-release review. Among those included was a fake passport — a violation of federal law.
It was previously believed that Yayo had at least tasted a few days of freedom before finding himself back in the law’s shadow, and that he was brought back to the Lakeview Shock Incarceration facility in Brocton, New York (see “G-Unit’s Tony Yayo Back In Jail Two Weeks After His Release” ).
Yayo is now being held in federal custody at a prison in New York City for possession of a forged instrument. He had a preliminary hearing last week that set another hearing date for February 24. Because he is accused of violating federal law, his case is being handled by both state and federal authorities.
Yayo was arrested on New Year’s Eve 2002, along with 50 Cent, on weapons-possession charges (see “50 Cent Arrested For Gun Possession” ). Upon arrest, it was discovered that Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge, and on February 24, 2003, he was sentenced for bail-jumping. On May 9 he was moved to a state prison, and on July 14 he was assigned to a six-month program at the Lakeview Shock facility. Only nonviolent offenders with less than three years until they are eligible for parole can participate in the program.