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Department of Justice

Riverview Man Sentenced To 13 Months’ Imprisonment For COVID-19 Relief Fraud

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Alexander Alli (39, Riverview) to 13 months in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with his fraudulent receipt of COVID-19 relief funds. The Court also entered an order of forfeiture in the amount of $82,400, the proceeds of the fraud. Alli was found guilty by a jury on March 13, 2024.
Department of Justice

Hip-hop Artist Pleads Guilty to COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

Today, hip-hop artist and music producer Rodney McClain, a/k/a “Money Rod,” a/k/a “$Rod,” 35, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in relation to his COVID-19 relief fraud scheme.
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U.S. Postal Service Employee Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Nearly $90,000 Worth of Postal Money Orders and Wire Fraud

BOSTON – A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee was sentenced today for embezzling nearly $90,000 and for fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits.
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Suburban Chicago Tax Preparer Convicted of Covid-Relief Fraud

HADI ISBAIH owned Flash Tax Service Inc., a tax preparation business in Bridgeview, Ill.
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Lee County Man Sentenced To Prison For $1.35 Million COVID-19 Relief Fraud Scheme

Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell today sentenced Evan Graves (40, Alva) to 18 months in federal prison for committing wire fraud in connection with a $1.35 million COVID-19 relief fraud scheme. The court also ordered Graves to forfeit approximately $1,355,600 and five Fort Myers properties he purchased or funded using proceeds of his fraud. Graves entered a guilty plea on December 13, 2023.
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Two Individuals Sentenced to Prison in Connection With $7.5 Million Multi-State PPP Fraud Scheme

BOSTON – Two individuals have been sentenced in federal court in Boston for their roles in a multi-state scheme to obtain millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds for themselves and others through the submission of dozens of fraudulent applications to PPP lenders.
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Broward deputy sheriff and SWAT team member convicted at trial of COVID-19 relief fraud

On June 5, a federal jury in Miami convicted a Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) deputy of conspiracy to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA), two counts of false statements to the SBA, and wire fraud, all in relation to her COVID-19 relief fraud scheme.
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CityMD Agrees to Pay over $12 Million for Alleged False Claims to COVID-19 Uninsured Program

NEWARK, N.J. – W City Medical of the Upper East Side PLLC, Summit Medical Group P.A., Summit Health Management LLC and Village Practice Management Company LLC, which collectively do business as “CityMD,” and manage and operate approximately 177 urgent care practices in New Jersey and New York, have agreed to pay $12.04 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting or causing the submission of false claims for payment for COVID-19 testing to a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) program for uninsured patients.
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Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to COVID Benefits Fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Michael Eugene Bowers, 51, of Columbia, has pleaded guilty to fraud related to COVID benefits.
Department of Justice

Florida Man Facing Federal Charges For Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fraud In Maryland And California

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging David Godin, a/k/a “James St Patrick,” a/k/a “David Wetty,” a/k/a “Vic Pro” for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme to defraud the Maryland Department of Labor (“MD-DOL”) and California Employment Development Department (CA-EDD”) of unemployment insurance (“UI”) benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.