Former R. Kelly crisis manager charged with fraud and theft in Harris County

HOUSTON –R. Kelly’s former crisis manager faces his own crisis after being accused of theft. He is accused of defrauding two people over $ 50,000.

Darrell Tracy Johnson has been seen alongside the now sentenced singer for much of his criminal case. He has spoken often for Kelly on network and cable news programs.

Now, two Harris County residents say he made empty promises to help them with crisis management and real estate investing, but left them empty-handed.

“I was very vulnerable, seeking help and very desperate,” said Cola Lewis.

In 2019, Lewis was mourning the death of his mother in what she called a medical error made by a Houston hospital.

She said she met Johnson during a chance encounter at a local grocery store. She said he told her he could help her as she pursued a possible medical malpractice lawsuit.

“He said he looked after top clients and checked his services because he had been on CNN, Gayle King, Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil,”

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Lewis said Johnson offered his services free of charge, citing the recent loss of his own mother. But she said the free aid eventually turned into a fee.

“In nine days, $ 5,000 turned into $ 25,000,” she said.

Lewis said she never got what she paid for.

“He was supposed to organize meetings and defend my family during the legal process. He didn’t do anything, ”she said.

Michael Harris said Johnson sat next to him on a flight and after striking up a conversation about real estate and offered to include him in several upcoming investment opportunities.

“It was supposed to be a big condo complex in Miami that other stars were moving into. He mentioned JLo and A-Rod and Jay-Z,” Harris told KPRC 2.

He says Johnson promised him a 30% return on his $ 22,000 investment, money that never materialized.

“At that point, I started to feel like he was ripping me off,” Harris said.

Harris and Lewis filed criminal complaints with Houston Police, which led to Johnson being charged with theft.

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“He has to go to jail and he has to spend a very long time in jail,” Lewis said.

An Instagram account, @DarrellJohnsonScammer, posts warnings and civil cases involving Johnson.

KPRC 2 has spoken to more than half a dozen other people who have made similar charges against Johnson. Some were in the process of filing a complaint while others said the statute of limitations had expired.

A former NFL player, childhood friends, and even a family member told KPRC2 what they described as real estate and other business and management projects that cost them dozens of dollars. thousands of dollars.

When contacted at his Champion Forest home, Johnson made no comment on the matter or the allegations. His lawyer also declined to comment.

Johnson is due in court on October 20.

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