Report: Rick Ross Worked as a Florida Corrections Officer

July 22, 2008 11:19 AM ET

The Smoking Gun has once again exposed one of hip-hop's biggest stars, this time revealing that Rick Ross has been lying about his past job of being a corrections officer. Ross has always denied he was ever a C.O., and when a photo of Ross in his officer's uniform was unearthed, the Miami rapper said "online hackers" put "my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples' body." Ross then dared someone to find concrete evidence that he was ever a C.O. Well, the Smoking Gun found that evidence. SG unearthed a personnel record showing that Ross served 18 months as a corrections officer at the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County. The rapper's social security number also matches the digits seen on the personnel record, which shows the rapper's real name as William L. Roberts. The revelation that Ross worked for the Department of Corrections may have some damaging effects on Ross' street cred, as the rapper previously bragged that he trafficked cocaine before he "came out of nowhere and just took over the streets." The Smoking Gun previously exposed Akon as a faux-felon.

UPDATE: Despite the Smoking Gun's report, Ross continues to deny the corrections officer allegation, responding to the rumors in the form of a freestyle attacking the Internet. Using Snoop Dogg's "Life of Da Party" beat, Ross raps "Bitch, I'm the boss and I'm laughing at your blogs" and "I'm the glue in the streets, meaning I can get you stuck/ The world knows where the fuck I'm from/ Sell rock, 20 chains and I never lost one .../ Heavy on the block, never on the Net." No formal, non-freestyled statement from Ross or his reps has been made.

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