Ga. woman receives $2 million in fraudulent COVID-19 relief loans, spends some on plastic surgery, DOJ says – WSB-TV Channel 2

Georgia woman gets $2 million in fraudulent COVID-19 relief loans and plastic surgery expenses, DOJ says

DACULA, Georgia — A Gwinnett County woman was charged Thursday after the Justice Department said she raised more than $2 million in COVID-19 relief loans — some of which she spent in plastic surgery.

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The DOJ said Ashlee Parker, 39, of Dacula, ran a scheme to submit dozens of fraudulent applications for COVID-19 small business relief funding.

The indictment alleges that from May 2020 to approximately April 2021, Parker submitted more than two dozen claims for relief on his behalf on behalf of The Harris Parker Group, LLC and other companies.

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His co-conspirators also allegedly paid Parker for submitting fraudulent claims on their behalf through his tax firm, Proficient Tax LLC, in exchange for economic disaster loans and Paycheck Protection Program loans. .

Prosecutors said Parker defrauded the United States of more than $2 million. She used nearly $14,000 of that money to get several cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation and liposuction.

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Parker was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, false documents, money laundering and conspiracy and misrepresentation.

She faces up to 30 years in federal prison, followed by up to five years of supervised release with restitution to the US government.

“The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) was funded to help small businesses dealing with the effects of a global pandemic,” U.S. Attorney Estes said. “In too many cases, however, it has been exploited by those seeking to leverage these relief programs for personal gain.”

Garland K. Long