A 24-year-old gang member pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to making a false statement to the FBI in connection with a North Carolina kidnapping case.
Chason Renee Chase, of Columbia and Atlanta, also known as “Lady Jamaica,” and “Lady J,” will be sentenced at a later date, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Evidence presented at Thursday’s hearing in Columbia showed on April 9, agents with FBI’s Columbia Violent Gang Task Force got information that Chase was affiliated with a N.C. prisoner and gang member being investigated for the April 5 kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father, the news release said. When FBI agents approached Chase in Columbia about the investigation, she denied knowing the gang member or having communicated with any gang member over the past year, the news release said.
But agents found that the gang member had tried calling Chase from his N.C. prison cell, and phone records showed the two had been in recent contact, the news release said. The information was shared with FBI agents in North Carolina and Georgia to help them find the kidnapping victim, who was found in Atlanta and rescued. The kidnapping investigation is being prosecuted in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Chase faces a maximum of five years in prison, with three years’ supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.