(WGHP) – Two Triad men were among those convicted of fraudulently seeking COVID-19 aids.
The three men were convicted in the Central District of North Carolina for seeking over $ 2.7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans and financial disaster loans that they did not need.
Joseph Marsell Cartlidge, 30, of Greensboro, was sentenced to 72 months in prison. David Christopher Redfern, 32, of Trinity, was sentenced to 60 months in prison; and Eric Alexander McMiller, 30, of Chicago, Illinois, were sentenced to 66 months in prison.
Each defendant was ordered to pay $ 498,657 in damages.
Legal documents say the three men joined a scheme led by James Stote, which recruited people to apply for fraudulent PPP loans to reduce the loans.
Between May and June 2020, they submitted fraudulent applications as well as fake tax and bank records that misrepresented the number of employees, revenue and costs for each company.
These fraudulent applications amounted to over $ 2.7 million.
Documents further state that the defendants used the loan proceeds for their own personal benefits, which included cash withdrawals and luxury purchases.
Anyone with information about fraud attempt allegations involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF web complaint form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
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