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Louisville woman gets federal prison for COVID-19 fraud

Louisville woman gets federal prison for COVID-19 fraud

AUGUSTA, Go. (WRDW/WAGT) – A Jefferson County woman who admitted to using false information to apply for aid for COVID-19 has been sentenced to federal prison.

Whitney Adwan Mack, 34, of Louisville, was sentenced to 48 months in prison, according to federal prosecutors after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen also sentenced Mack to pay a $5,000 fine and to three years of supervised release upon completion of her prison sentence.

By pleading guilty, Mack admitted that in July 2020 she obtained COVID-19 loans for economic injury by making false statements about the number of people her company employed and the company’s gross revenue, and applied for the emergency funding using a social security number that wasn’t her. After receiving a $150,000 EIDL, Mack withdrew much of the money in cash and used some of the proceeds for a vacation in Miami.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Inspector General’s Social Security Administration Office and the Inspector General’s Small Business Administration Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick J. Schwedler and Jonathan A. Porter.

“The significant credits to businesses suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic have helped huge numbers of people who needed extra help for their small business,” said US attorney David Estes. “Unfortunately, the lure of money also attracted scammers who tried to enrich themselves by defrauding taxpayers during a national emergency, and they are being held accountable.”

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SOUTH CAROLINA: A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraud involving $1.2 million in emergency funds for the coronavirus. Federal prosecutors said 39-year-old Bridgett Dorsey of Blythewood was convicted after pleading guilty to tax fraud and fraud related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Evidence showed Dorsey fraudulently applied for and received $1.2 million through nine loans from April to August 2020. Each of the loans contained false information, such as excessive corporate income and employee numbers.

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