Federal prosecutors say a Dublin man was supposed to make use of $85,000 in COVID reduction funds to avoid wasting jobs.
As a substitute, they are saying, he spent most of it on a $57,000 Pokémon card.
A doc filed this week in Dublin’s federal court docket accuses Vinath Oudomsine of wire fraud.
It doesn’t describe Oudomsine’s enterprise, nevertheless it says he falsely utilized final yr for a federal Financial Damage Catastrophe Mortgage (EIDL).
These federally-backed Small Enterprise Administration loans are aimed toward serving to companies survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Enterprise homeowners might use the cash for payroll, manufacturing prices, money owed, rents, mortgage funds and extra.
In July 2020, the court docket doc says, Oudomsine utilized for a EIDL mortgage. His utility says he’d owned a enterprise since 2018, that he had 10 staff, and their revenues for the previous yr totaled $235,000.
That was false, prosecutors say, and as a substitute of supporting a enterprise, Oudomsine spent $57,789 on a Pokémon card. The doc does not describe the cardboard.
Earlier this yr, the federal authorities estimated that the SBA permitted at the least 3,000 EIDL loans to individuals who have been ineligible — for instance, companies that do not exist.
That is lower than one-tenth of 1% of the $224 billion mortgage program.
Oudomsine faces as much as 20 years in federal jail and as much as $250,000 in fines.
When contacted on Thursday, he referred inquiries to his attorneys, who didn’t return our telephone name.
Barry Paschal, the spokesman for the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace in Savannah, says prosecutors cannot launch any additional info on the case.