Man gets more than 3 years in prison for $13 million COVID-19 fraud – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts businessman convicted of fraudulently applying for more than $13 million in federal coronavirus pandemic relief loans has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Elijah Majak Buoi, 40, of Winchester, was also sentenced Thursday to three years’ supervised release and to pay $2 million in restitution and forfeit $2 million by a Boston federal court judge.

Buoi was convicted by a jury in February of four counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to a financial institution.

Prosecutors said Buoi submitted six loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program but misrepresented the number of employees and wage costs for his start-up Sosuda Tech.

He also filed fraudulent IRS tax forms to support his applications and was able to secure a $2 million loan before being arrested in June 2020.

Buoi’s lawyer did not respond to an email seeking comment on Friday, but said after the February trial that his client was misled by a loan officer at the bank and made a “bona fide error” in filling out tax forms .

The loan program was part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act, which allowed qualifying small businesses and other organizations to obtain forgivable loans to cover payroll, mortgages, rent and utilities.

Prosecutors also said Friday that another Massachusetts resident was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his involvement in a series of pandemic-related relief programs.

William Cordor, 27, of Leicester, was ordered to pay $8,000 in damages by a Worcester federal court judge on Thursday.

Cordor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft last year.

Prosecutors say Cordor attempted to file numerous false Nevada unemployment claims using stolen identities and fraudulently obtained COVID-19 loans from the US Small Business Administration.

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