Gioia Bruno is the lead singer of the 1980’s pop band Expose and RadarOnline.com has learned the once famous singer has fallen into the wrong crowd and has been charged with trafficking methamphetamines.
According to a police report obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, Gioia -- whose real name is Carmen Bruna -- was arrested on April 14, 2009 in Broward County, Florida and charged with one count of trafficking methamphetamines in the amount of 28 grams to 200 grams.
“She has been running with a rough crowd,” a source close to Gioia tells RadarOnline.com.
“Gioia has been on and off drugs for years, and I am worried about her health and well-being.
“She claims that she was set up and was only doing it selling drugs because she hit rough financial times,” the insider continued. “The case is closed and she cooperated with police officials in exchange for a lesser sentence.”
The case is closed, a Broward County Central Courthouse spokesperson told RadarOnline.com.
The spokesperson added Gioia received five years probation for her involvement in the felony crime.
RadarOnline.com has also learned that the singer has a rap sheet that spans back to a 2000 charge of “Disturbance Noise” and a 2002 charge of “Disorderly Conduct.”
“Celebrity Rehab has called two years in a row to have her on,” the source said, noting that people are aware of her problem.
“She needs to get sober, but she refuses to admit she even has a problem.”
Expose had two #1 hits and ten top-10 songs including Tell Me Why, What You Don’t Know and Let Me Be The One and Season's Change. Gioia, 47, toured with Expose as its lead singer from 1986 until 1990.
According to the official Expose Facebook page, the band is back together and currently touring across the United States.