Miami, Florida – Today, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Judge Rodolfo Ruiz, 28, of Lauderdale, Florida, and Damara Holmes, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal mischief. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were embezzled to help small businesses survive the Covenant-19 epidemic.

As part of her plea, Holles said. In June 2020, she admitted to applying for a $ 300,000, federally approved check check (PPP) loan on behalf of Holles Consulting Inc., a Florida-owned company. The organization employs 18 people and spends an average of $ 120,000 a month on wages, supporting online loan applications and fraudulent payroll forms. In fact, Holness Consulting had zero employees and no payroll costs. The bank, which has been approved by the Small Business Administration to support PPP loans, has approved a fake USC Consultant PPP loan application and linked it to the company’s bank account in Florida for $ 300,000.

After the money was deposited in the bank account in July 2020, Holmes advised staff and created a paper trail over the next few months to pretend that the PPP would spend the money on legal and authorized expenses. Holles handed out other checks from the company to help with fraudulent bank accounts. Under Holness’s instructions, people who receive checks are returned to Holness. Holmes then pays checks at the company’s bank, gives a few hundred dollars to check fans, and saves the rest of the money for herself – $ 1,000 per check.

In the area of ​​suspected fraud or fraud, Damara Holmes has served as president of the Broadway County Democratic Black Caucasus.

Holles accused her of conspiracy to commit wiretapping. The sentence is set for January 20, 2022, at 1:00 pm, and she faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Florida District Attorney for the United States, and George El Piro, Special Representative, FBI Miami, have pleaded guilty.

The FBI in Miami is investigating the case. US Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Kaplan is on trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Stone is dealing with property damage.

CORES is a federal law designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans affected by the CVD-19 epidemic. One source of assistance provided by CARES is the provision of hundreds of billions of dollars in unforgivable loans to small businesses for maintenance and other expenses.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established a Covide-19 Fraud Task Force to increase the Department of Justice’s resources in collaboration with government agencies to increase efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The task force will intensify its efforts to investigate and prosecute the most responsible domestic and international criminals, and will assist agencies responsible for administering aid programs by adding and including coordination mechanisms to prevent fraud, identifying resources and techniques to identify fraudulent actors. Share and use information and insights from their plans, and pre-implementation efforts. For more information about the department’s response to the epidemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about the Covenant-19 fraud attempt should call the National Disaster Fraud Center (NCDF) at the Department of Justice at 866-720-5721 or on the NCDF web complaint form at https: // www. .justice.gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

Related court documents and information can be found on the District Court of the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov at File No. 21-cr. 60229.

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