November 15, 2021

Georgia man, California woman sentenced in COVID relief scam | News

MIAMI (AP) — A Georgia man and a California woman have been sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining coronavirus relief funds through a program designed to help small businesses across the nation stay afloat.

Dennes Garcia, 28, of Atlanta, was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty July 6 in the Southern District of Florida to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said Garcia obtained the Paycheck Protection Program money for his company, Dhanda Corporation, based on false information about the company’s payroll and the number of employees, court documents said.

He was ordered to pay $285,742 in restitution and $285,742 in forfeiture, officials…

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