Woman gets 4 years in prison for stealing COVID funds and vacationing in Miami

GEORGIA (WRBL) – A Georgia woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for her involvement in a pandemic fraud scheme in which she used false information to obtain $150,000 in economic disaster loans. The Jefferson County woman then cashed in on the loan and used the money in part to pay for a vacation in Miami.

On Friday, Whitney Adwan Mack, 34, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to county wire fraud, according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Georgia.

U.S. Attorney David H. Estes said COVID relief funds have helped many people with struggling businesses during the pandemic, but also provided an opportunity for people who thought they could rob the government.

“Unfortunately, the lure of money has also attracted crooks who have tried to enrich themselves by defrauding taxpayers during a national emergency, and they are being held accountable,” Estes said.

Officials said Mack admitted that in July 2020, when applying for economic disaster loans related to COVID-19, she lied about the number of people her company employed and the company’s revenue. ‘business.

Additionally, Mack also used someone else’s Social Security number to apply for the loans, officials say.

Officials said that after receiving $150,000 in EIDL, Mack withdrew much of the funds in cash and used some of the proceeds for a Miami vacation.

“Mack stole critical funds intended for small businesses facing real economic hardship due to the pandemic and breached the integrity of the Social Security number,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of Social Security. Administration.

After his release from prison, Mack will have to pay a $5,000 fine and serve three years of probation.

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