SAVANNAH, GA: Eight more people have been charged in federal court with participating in COVID-19 relief fraud schemes, with two of them pleading guilty.
Each defendant is charged via an Information as the result of ongoing investigations into misuse of the U.S. government’s COVID-19 financial relief programs, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charges carry statutory penalties up to 20 years in prison, along with substantial amounts of restitution and financial penalties, followed by a period of supervised release.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“Millions of distressed businesses found much-needed financial assistance during the pandemic through the U.S. government’s COVID-19 relief programs,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “It’s disappointing that others abused these programs not for saving a valid business, but for lining their own pockets.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed into law in March