The coronavirus has wreaked havoc around the world, also fully affecting numerous businesses they have been forced to close their doors by restrictions. Many governments, in an attempt to minimize losses from such closures, have launched helplines to help entrepreneurs.
However, there is always someone who tries go one step further and take advantage of that money for something that it should not be destined for. This is the case of a woman in the United States, who also received that money from fraudulently, declaring losses from a business that was previously closed. The 24-year-old from North Carolina now faces a possible Sanction of 60 years in prison for spending about $ 150,000 (124,000 euros) in clothes and diamonds.
The United States Attorney for the Western District of the state of North Carolina is now investigating the case of Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, who in April 2019 created the company Jazzy Jas LLC, dedicated to the sale of clothing online. However, when he requested the aid, said company had already several months dissolved: lied about your income and tax documents.
At the beginning of last August, Clifton obtained the 124,000 euros, which were deposited into your account after three days. However, far from investing them in his company, he spent them in luxury stores such as Llouis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, in addition to acquiring diamonds in various stores.
Now, she is accused of wire fraud related to disaster benefit and fraud related to major disaster. If convicted, she would face a maximum of 30 years in prison for each of the offenses, plus a $ 1 million fine. After the lie was uncovered, she was arrested and released on bail before appearing in court.