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Utah speed racer indicted, accused of wrongly receiving $10 million in bailout

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Allison Baver claims to have 430 employees. An indictment against her does not exist.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Allison Baver signs autographs at Luc Robataille’s Celebrity Shoot Out’s fifth annual hockey game during the Sundance Film Festival, Sunday, January 22, 2012. An indictment federal lawsuit filed Wednesday accusing Baver, a former Olympic speedster, of lying to obtain $10 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

Former Olympic speed skater Allison Baver was indicted by a federal grand jury on nine counts of fraud, accusing her of lying to get $10 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

According to a federal indictment filed Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Allison Baver Entertainment claimed in a PPP application that it had 430 employees and paid a monthly salary of $4 million. However, FOX 13 reported, the indictment states that the company and Baver have no employees and no payroll.

A company with 430 employees would be one of Utah’s larger employers. In an email to The Tribune Last year, Baver, 41, claimed her company had “a number of projects in development” with each project requiring a “significant amount of staff”, though she did not specify which ones. what.

“Due to the need for large nearby teams, these types of production have been particularly disrupted by the pandemic, and we see it as our responsibility to get these professionals back to work,” she said. as soon as possible and safely. “We hope to set a good example as the entertainment industry gets back on its feet.”

Baver did not provide a defense in this case. Court records show no hearings have been scheduled.

The Tribune previously reported that little is known about Allison Baver Entertainment. The company’s listed address is the same as Baver’s home address in Taylorsville. Based on her website, employees of Allison Braver Entertainment “are advocates of equality, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and human enhancement, advocates of individual achievement, and advocates of those aiming high and breaking down. glass ceiling.”

Baver makes an uncredited appearance in the 2021 film “No Man of God,” according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The indictment alleges Baver Entertainment transferred $150,000 to the film’s production company.

She also appeared as “Thug #4” in the 2020 film “Adverse,” according to IMDb, and played a supporting role in the TV series “Yellowstone.”

Allison Baver Entertainment debuted in October 2019, The Tribune reported. The PPP program is intended to help businesses retain employees and pay their pre-pandemic expenses. Nearly 51,000 Utah businesses and nonprofits have received PPP loans, totaling more than $5 billion overall. But Baver’s company was just one of 41 of the 6,737 loans issued with a value of $5 million or more.

Baver, a short track racing car, competed at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics. In 2010, she won bronze in the women’s 3000m relay. Born in Pennsylvania, she moved to Salt Lake City to train. She announced her quick retirement in 2017.

See more at FOX 13.

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