USA: Father and son arrested for defrauding $8 million in federal COVID-19 aid
A father and son belonging to an alleged religious ministry were arrested Wednesday in New Smyrna Beach (flUSA) on charges of bank fraud, after applying in 2020 for a federal aid loan for COVID-19 8.4 million dollars through forged documents.
Joshua Edwards and his son Evan Edwards, who belong to an alleged religious group, appeared in court today in Volusia County, on the west coast of flAccused of “conspiracy to commit bank fraud and false statement to a banking institution”.
The father, who claimed to be a pastor, founded the “ASLAN International Ministry” group, an alleged non-profit church that received $8.4 million after applying for federal loans from PPP (“Paycheck Protection Program”). 6.
According to the documents that the aforementioned channel had access to, it was a fake ministry and that Joshua Edwards “used fake or forged documents” to get that money.
Legal documents filed in Central District Court flin Orlando, things began to look unraveling for the Edwards family when they tried to buy a $3.1 million home near the Disney World property on Symphony Grove Drive in Midstate.
The religious priesthood organization, founded in Ohio in 2005, has also included other family members in leadership positions.
The family fled to Canada when the Secret Service was out United States of America He began his investigation into the “fraudulent ministry”.
During the federal investigation, agents reviewed the group’s website and believed it contained general religious information pulled from other websites.
(with information from EFE)
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