February 28, 2024
Crédito: Reprodução/FBI

USA: Couples steal millions of government aid to businesses during epidemics

Credit: Reproduction / FBI

Richard Ayvasyan and Marietta Terabelian (Credit: Reproduction / FBI)

In July of this year, Richard Ivesyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were placed under house arrest on charges of robbery, along with other couples who received $ 20 million (approximately R $ 62 million) in government aid allocated to businesses during the epidemic. This information is from CNN Brazil.

The couple, who live in the US state of California, decided to cut off their electronic surveillance bracelets and fled. Before that, they wrote a letter to three children, ages 13, 15 and 16.

The letter said, according to Richard’s lawyer, “This is not a goodbye, but a small gap between us.”

This week, the judge sentenced Ayvasian to 17 years in prison and Mariatta to 6 years in prison. The FBI is still searching for them.

The couple had already been convicted this July of using false identities and other thefts to submit fraudulent applications for about 150 federal aid loans during the Govt-19 outbreak that went to shell companies in the San Fernando Valley.

They are guilty of conspiracy and bank fraud, electronic fraud and money laundering.

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