According to prosecutors, three JetBlue employees were charged on Thursday for stealing $ 1.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds aimed at helping small businesses, five of five. It was a person.
Orlando Sanai, twins Cami and Cary Nunez, Michael Pimentel Veloz and Fanny Placencia allegedly filed for an Economic Damages and Disaster Loan (EIDL), according to an unsealed 48-page complaint Thursday. Each was charged with wire fraud based on a false statement.
“Defendants boldly lie and have more than $ 1 million in taxpayer funding from a program designed to help small businesses and their employees struggling to survive and earn a living during a pandemic. I stole it, “said Mark Resco, Deputy District Attorney for Eastern. District including Long Island.
Sanei, 39, from Elizabeth, NJ, and Keimi and Kaley Nuñez, 41, from Queens, were hired by JetBlue Airlines from April to August 2020 and they were hired by JetBlue Airlines from April to August 2020. And other defendants sought EIDL financing for eight businesses.
The prosecution said Thursday that Cary Nunez no longer works for a Queens-based airline.
In one example, Sanay and Keimi Nunez applied for EIDL using a JetBlue computer. The loan application was made to Sanay Venture Capital LLC, which reportedly had 26 employees and revenue of $ 839,000 in 2019.
According to the complaint, the US Small Business Administration provided a $ 139,400 loan to Sanay Venture on August 4.
In the complaint, US Department of Homeland Security Special Agent Angel Martinez said the EIDL funds received by the five defendants were used to pay personal expenses unrelated to the business. T.
According to officials, this case is the largest ever in the eastern region in terms of EIDL fraud.
“Our office continues to ensure that criminals who divert to bury pandemic-related remedies in their pockets are greedily responsible,” Resco said.
Three out of five JetBlue employees arrested and charged with COVID-19 fraud
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