Since New Times revealed the feds were investigating Martin ("Friends in Low Places," October 1, 1998), his family, friends, and media across the country have awaited the evidence. Indeed many were surprised to see the indictment showed Martin (who makes two million dollars per year) lost money in the transactions --- at least $495 in the difference between the checks he signed for the cars and the money he later deposited. Moreover, if Martin was never reimbursed for the last car lease, he may have lost $21,000.
Rapper Luther Campbell, a friend of Martin, criticized the charges: "He's a decent guy. He didn't turn his back on a friend."