GREENSBORO — A gentleman who defrauded people and the federal government’s reduction packages by means of COVID-19-similar schemes was sentenced to 63 months in jail, according to a information release from the U.S. Division of Justice.
On April 22, Brandon Lewis, 35, of Greensboro pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one particular count of generating a fake statement to the Compact Business Administration on Aug. 31, 2020, the Justice Department said. His 3 strategies happened involving March and July of final 12 months.
As aspect of his guilty plea, the Justice Department reported Lewis admitted that he established a so-called “COVID-19 Relief Fund,” which he managed and oversaw as president and founder of Lewis Earnings Team LLC.
Lewis promised little business entrepreneurs amongst $12,500 and $15,000 in exchange for an upfront “reservation” cost of in between $995 and $1,200, the Justice Department claimed. Lewis falsely claimed that the fund had up to $250 million available for modest enterprises and supplied a website link for candidates to “purchase a reservation now.”
He also designed the so-called “American Relief Fund,” giving $5,000 grants to “every American afflicted by COVID-19,” in accordance to Justice Division. Lewis hardly ever experienced nor dispersed any dollars by either of the entities.
Concerning April and May well, the Justice Section said Lewis defrauded small enterprise owners of more than $100,000 by means of this plan.