Greensboro man behind COVID-19 aid applications concentrating on small enterprise house owners sentenced to 63 months in jail on an area
GREENSBORO – A man who defrauded consumers and federal government aid programs through COVID-19 programs has been sentenced to 63 months in prison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
On April 22, Greensboro-born Brandon Lewis pleaded guilty to two cases of wire fraud and one case of false testimony against the Small Business Administration on August 31, 2020, the Justice Department said. His three plans took place between March and July last year.
As part of his guilty plea, the Justice Department admitted that Lewis created a so-called “COVID-19 Relief Fund” which he administered and overseen as the president and founder of Lewis Revenue Group LLC.
Lewis promised small business owners between $ 12,500 and $ 15,000 in exchange for a reservation fee of between $ 995 and $ 1,200, the Justice Department said. Lewis falsely claimed that the fund had up to $ 250 million available for small businesses and provided applicants with a link to “buy a reservation now”.
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He also founded the American Relief Fund, which, according to the Justice Department, grants US $ 5,000 to “every American affected by COVID-19”. Lewis had never distributed or distributed money through either facility.
Between April and May, the Justice Department said Lewis defrauded small business owners worth more than $ 100,000 through this program.