Fraudster Allegedly Uses Covid Relief Funds to Buy Alpaca Farm

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27 minutes ago, Dana McIntyre, a 59-year-old pizzeria owner from the Boston area, was convicted of fraudulently accepting more than $660,000 (£520,000) in federal aid intended for struggling business owners during the pandemic.

According to the FBI, he “capitalised on a national catastrophe” to steal from American taxpayers. McIntyre pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and money laundering.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua Levy stated that the fraud was not a “momentary lapse in the fog of the pandemic,” as McIntyre filed multiple bogus applications for pandemic money on behalf of his children and former pizzeria, Rasta Pasta Pizzeria in Beverly, Massachusetts.

In March 2020, McIntyre used the names of his adult children to file for businesses that did not exist. He then applied for a US Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan of over $660,000 and made numerous false claims about the size of the business on the application form.

McIntyre sold the restaurant in September 2020, but continued to receive money. He used nearly all the funds to purchase a farm in Vermont, eight alpacas, two vehicles, and airtime for his crypto-currency themed radio show.

According to the New York Times, more than 3,100 Americans have been charged with pandemic relief fraud.

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