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Ex-rapper Tim Dog pleads guilty in fraud case

Former rapper Tim Dog, whose real name is Timothy Blair, is shown in a photo from MySpace.com. (www.myspace.com/timdogmuzic)

September 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former rapper Tim Dog pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Mississippi for defrauding a woman out of thousands of dollars.

The 1990s rapper, whose real name is Timothy Blair, entered his guilty plea in August in the financial scheme that Southaven resident Esther Pilgrim said left her with $32,000 in credit card debt.

Under the plea agreement, Blair got five years of probation and must pay Pilgrim $19,000 in restitution within the probation period.

According to reports from The Commercial Appeal, Pilgrim said she met Blair, 45, in 2007 on an online dating site and the two began a long-distance relationship. She said the former rapper told her he was rebuilding his music career and needed investors for his new album.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.