Akon Fronting?

Akon might claim to have grown up in the school of hard knocks, but a recent Smoking Gun report found that the biggest con job the R&B artist ever pulled may in fact have been on the media.

While the singer has discussed his illicit past as the "ringleader of a notorious car theft operation" who spent more than four years in prison, it turns out that among six arrests, Akon’s only felony conviction was for gun possession.

And as for the "prison time," Akon served several months in jail after being arrested for possession of a stolen BMW in 1998, the site said, but the charges were eventually dropped.