A woman accused of robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Miami, Florida is said to be the mother of late rapper, Christopher “Big Pun” Rios.
Gail Simpson, 63, was arrested on Tuesday (Sept. 30) by Miami-Dade police when she strolled into the bank around 3:30pm and demanded cash from an employee. Federal officials say she got away with an undisclosed amount of money and that other customers were in the building. No injuries were reported.
All the more heartbreaking is that Simpson has a history of robbing banks—she’s currently on probation after being convicted of bank robbery in June. It is believed that she is using the name “Gail Simpson” as an alias, according to a background check site.
This isn’t the first case of financial struggle for the Rios clan. Pun’s widow, Liza Rios,sued Fat Joe in 2009 for unrecovered earnings from Pun’s royalties. She claims that Pun’s family was forced to live in a homeless shelter after allegedly exhausting their efforts to stop others, including Joe, from profiting off the deceased MC’s success.
Joey Crack issued a statement at the time, saying:
“Immediately after Puns death I gave Liza Rios the whole advance of the Endangered Species album, NO ONE but Liza made a dollar off that album. I also gave her the total advance from the publishing company that was due to Big Pun.
I’ve never made a dollar off Big Pun since his passing. This was hundreds of thousands of dollars of frivolous spending, after the second payoff I washed my hands. Since then we have been through 6 lawyers, harassment on various radio stations and online mediums every time she needs more money. I also have legal documents stating that NO ONE is making money off of Big Pun.
I sympathize with Liza, but I have done already done enough for her. In these economic times we as parents need to be resilient and do what it takes to provide for our own families.”