Democrat Faces Decades in Prison for COVID Scheme
(UnitedVoice.com) – When the COVID-19 pandemic began, lockdowns across the country forced many businesses to close their doors permanently. Others were able to stay open with the help of a federal program, but now, a Democrat in Ohio is facing decades in prison for allegedly taking advantage of that aid.
On April 6, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced failed Cincinnati Democrat mayoral candidate Kelli Prather was arrested for allegedly defrauding COVID-19 relief programs. She’s accused of defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program by applying for loans for six businesses she said she owned. None of them were operational.
Prather received more than $19,000 and she allegedly used the money for luxury items and food. Her bank reportedly tipped off the authorities after finding discrepancies on the loan applications.
— US Attorney Southern District of Ohio (@SDOHnews) April 6, 2021
The former Democratic candidate was charged with false representation of a Social Security number, which carries a sentence of up to five years. She’s also accused of lying on a loan application (max. 30 years in prison), bank fraud (max. 30 years), making false statements (max. 5 years) and identity theft (2 years).
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