MIL-OSI Security: Riverview Man Sentenced To 13 Months’ Imprisonment For COVID-19 Relief Fraud

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Source: United States Department of Justice (National Center for Disaster Fraud)

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Alexander Alli (39, Riverview) to 13 months in federal prison for conspiracy and wire fraud in connection with his fraudulent receipt of COVID-19 relief funds. The Court also entered an order of forfeiture in the amount of $82,400, the proceeds of the fraud. Alli was found guilty by a jury on March 13, 2024.

According to court documents, Alli and a co-conspirator submitted a fraudulent Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Alli falsely represented that he had a business suffering injury due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the EIDL funds would be used only for business-related purposes, as specified in the loan applications. However, Alli’s business was no longer operational at the time his EIDL application was submitted and had ceased operations prior to the start of the pandemic. While Alli certified the EIDL funds would be used for his business, the evidence showed he spent the funds fraudulently. Alli’s false and fraudulent representations caused the SBA to approve and fund a total of $82,500 in EIDL funds. 

In May 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The task force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Peresie and Merrilyn E. Hoenemeyer.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Justice Department’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

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