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(Fox 13 Tampa Bay)   If you're going to fraudulently collect $5.8 million in COVID-19 relief money and use it to buy luxury cars, Louis Vuitton merchandise, and more, then you might not want to go flaunting it on Facebook   (fox13news.com) divider line
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2021-04-12 4:21:51 PM  
I promise that if I fraudulently collect $5.8 million in COVID-19 relief money, I shall do none of those things.  Or flaunt it on Fark. fark
 
2021-04-12 5:44:22 PM  
You want job security and a fun job? Fraud investigation connected to covid relief funds is going to keep you busy for a long time.
 
2021-04-12 5:45:03 PM  
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2021-04-12 5:45:04 PM  
5.8 million. Hum. Change city. Never think about my past life. Pay cash till I die. Hell with 5.8 million you could probably rent a nice room from a rich person, for like decade and never use your name again.

But no one does that. It's interesting. That's the only reason to steal that much money. You're done with being normal.
 
2021-04-12 5:47:21 PM  
Damn, Julio Lugo is like, the perfect baseball player name.
 
2021-04-12 5:47:34 PM  
If convicted, Lugo faces up to 45 years in federal prison, and Venant faces up to 35 years.

Funny wall street crashed the world economy costing trillions and nobody went to jail.
 
2021-04-12 5:47:43 PM  
POLK COUNTY !!

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2021-04-12 5:47:52 PM  
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At least you get arrested by the cops who use a Gameboy camera.
 
2021-04-12 5:48:10 PM  
JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years. You literally don't need to ever buy anything the traces back to you or causes paperwork that's enough money to hang out in a semi not crappy nice motel with a pool and eat out everyday until you die from the heart attack caused by sitting around by a pool eating fast food for years
 
2021-04-12 5:48:41 PM  

waxbeans: 5.8 million. Hum. Change city. Never think about my past life. Pay cash till I die. Hell with 5.8 million you could probably rent a nice room from a rich person, for like decade and never use your name again.

But no one does that. It's interesting. That's the only reason to steal that much money. You're done with being normal.


I get that theres not a "crime school" where you can go and learn not to do stuff like this but have they not even seen any crime movies?
 
2021-04-12 5:50:17 PM  
Lawyers will say that'll pay it all back if they can avoid prison.  The court will get $5 a month for the rest of their lives or until they can get a flight to a nice place without extradition.
 
2021-04-12 5:50:31 PM  
There's something about the sorta people who post pictures of money. Not a good thing. A very "off" thing. I dont think this happens a lot outside America, but I'm canadia, and we're trained from a young age not to.flaunt it, if you have it, which most of us don't.
 
2021-04-12 5:51:03 PM  
This was a known side effect of pushing the money out fast and these idiot farkers jumped right in with both feet.

My name (as an alleged "employee") was used by one who I assume scammed PPP money. I have a pretty unique real name so she must have gotten me off the Net.

Which made it easy for investigators to get my testimony... Just really dumb scammers out there.
 
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2021-04-12 5:53:22 PM  
lets who see who did it....

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10-20 years.
 
2021-04-12 5:55:05 PM  
Hey, that's almost 100,000 years of TotalFark
 
2021-04-12 5:57:04 PM  

dothemath: waxbeans: 5.8 million. Hum. Change city. Never think about my past life. Pay cash till I die. Hell with 5.8 million you could probably rent a nice room from a rich person, for like decade and never use your name again.

But no one does that. It's interesting. That's the only reason to steal that much money. You're done with being normal.

I get that theres not a "crime school" where you can go and learn not to do stuff like this but have they not even seen any crime movies?


Its Florida.  There really is a crime school to learn how to launder money.

Talk to the guys with quad and quint 450 Mercruiser cc boats who magically showed up at Haulover after the PP payouts.
 
2021-04-12 5:57:30 PM  
These people deserve what they get. I want to know what kind of crappy oversight lets a couple of rando jamokes scam 5.8 million. This isn't an overnight heist. They were doing it over the course of months.
 
2021-04-12 5:58:37 PM  

wejash: This was a known side effect of pushing the money out fast and these idiot farkers jumped right in with both feet.


At least we have a chance of recouping some money with these jokers. That Halliburton money is gone forever.
 
2021-04-12 6:08:40 PM  

dothemath: waxbeans: 5.8 million. Hum. Change city. Never think about my past life. Pay cash till I die. Hell with 5.8 million you could probably rent a nice room from a rich person, for like decade and never use your name again.

But no one does that. It's interesting. That's the only reason to steal that much money. You're done with being normal.

I get that theres not a "crime school" where you can go and learn not to do stuff like this but have they not even seen any crime movies?


They flaunted their bling on Facebook. Forget crime movies, have these people seen common sense?
 
2021-04-12 6:11:38 PM  
Fu.ark you, Kent. F*ck you. Worthless fark. DIAF
 
2021-04-12 6:12:56 PM  

Officer Barrelroll: You want job security and a fun job? Fraud investigation connected to covid relief funds is going to keep you busy for a long time.


Yep.  There was considerable amounts of fraud flagged with many COVID relief efforts, because a con knows a soft mark - and a desperate effort makes for many loopholes.
 
2021-04-12 6:15:27 PM  

waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years. You literally don't need to ever buy anything the traces back to you or causes paperwork that's enough money to hang out in a semi not crappy nice motel with a pool and eat out everyday until you die from the heart attack caused by sitting around by a pool eating fast food for years


I've been tracking my expenses for the last 20 years.  I have spent about $750k in that time. That's mortgage, bills, fun, everything.
 
2021-04-12 6:17:05 PM  

lolmao500: If convicted, Lugo faces up to 45 years in federal prison, and Venant faces up to 35 years.

Funny wall street crashed the world economy costing trillions and nobody went to jail.


This.
 
2021-04-12 6:17:13 PM  

Trocadero: Damn, Julio Lugo is like, the perfect baseball player name.


Wait, I'm just old w/ beer brain. Julio Lugo WAS a baseball player! It doesn't look like the same guy, though.
https://www.baseball-reference.com/pl​a​yers/l/lugoju01.shtml

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2021-04-12 6:18:13 PM  
This is why we shouldn't give free money to people.  Welfare, food stamps, TANIF, FEMA  emergency funds. Because someone will abuse it. Sure 99.9% don't, but their sacrifice is worth it if just one person doesn't eat lobster with my tax money.
 
2021-04-12 6:22:46 PM  
$5.8 million.  That's enough money to move to a non-extradition country, buy a nice house, a nice car and live the rest of your life without ever coming back into the United States.
 
2021-04-12 6:25:33 PM  
Shortly after the EIDL program and it's associated grant of up to 10k (1k per employee for sole proprietorship type businesses) became popular and we'll known, buddy of mine that works security at a local hotel mentioned how a couple that works in housekeeping rolled up to work in a new to them flashy BMW. They each claimed the 10k.

Yes, been reported
 
2021-04-12 6:27:20 PM  
is there a death penalty for douchebags like this? There should be.
 
2021-04-12 6:32:23 PM  

waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.


Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.
 
2021-04-12 6:33:27 PM  

wejash: This was a known side effect of pushing the money out fast and these idiot farkers jumped right in with both feet.

My name (as an alleged "employee") was used by one who I assume scammed PPP money. I have a pretty unique real name so she must have gotten me off the Net.

Which made it easy for investigators to get my testimony... Just really dumb scammers out there.


Azwepay?
 
2021-04-12 6:33:59 PM  

ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.


perhaps you are unfamiliar with this individuals body of work.
 
2021-04-12 6:37:56 PM  
I was shocked that a Fox News group was reporting on PPP fraud.
I thought they would hide all coverage of any PPP fraud since so much of their Republican base is a set of grifters.
I thought it was bizarre that a Fox News channel would celebrate the capture of fraudsters.

Then I saw their pictures.

I guess their racism schadenfreude over-rules their protection of grifters in this instance.
 
2021-04-12 6:44:45 PM  
How did they ever learn how to defraud the government?

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2021-04-12 6:57:17 PM  

MythDragon: I've been tracking my expenses for the last 20 years.  I have spent about $750k in that time. That's mortgage, bills, fun, everything.


Hum. Interesting. My guess I've probably spent a million in my life time. But. Probably not. More likely 90K. 😂 All I know is 100$ used to be a nice night. And now it's barely a start thanks to gas/Uber.
 
2021-04-12 6:57:55 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Lawyers will say that'll pay it all back if they can avoid prison.  The court will get $5 a month for the rest of their lives or until they can get a flight to a nice place without extradition.


This isn't going to state or muni court, it's FEDERAL. And when they're convicted, they'll probably serve 90% of whatever they're sentenced to, unless there's some kind of general amnesty. The feds tend not to screw around.
 
2021-04-12 6:59:22 PM  

MythDragon: This is why we shouldn't give free money to people.  Welfare, food stamps, TANIF, FEMA  emergency funds. Because someone will abuse it. Sure 99.9% don't, but their sacrifice is worth it if just one person doesn't eat lobster with my tax money.


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The odd thing is lobster is the cockroach of the sea and is only pricey because of marketing.
And the Death Tax is a lie. It's is and always an Estate Tax.
And not having money is the only death panel that has always existed and will always exist.
Rant.
 
2021-04-12 7:00:42 PM  

ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.


I was pretty sure I had placed a decimal the wrong place but I had already press enter.
Plus I'd figure someone would correct me it's interesting that it took this long
 
2021-04-12 7:00:46 PM  
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Turn up and very NSFW!
 
2021-04-12 7:02:40 PM  

ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.


See how he's blaming the decimal place? Lol.  Never change waxbeans.
 
2021-04-12 7:04:01 PM  

ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.


Please show your work now that I'm saying I'm correct I know I'm incorrect but I'm curious how you got your number.
I got mine from 800 million 500K. I might have entered that wrong so that might be where I got an inflated number.
500,800,000/999
501301.301301
/365
1373.42822274
 
2021-04-12 7:05:49 PM  

Por que tan serioso: ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.

See how he's blaming the decimal place? Lol.  Never change waxbeans.


I divided what they stole by $1,000 a day and then I divided that by 365 days in a year
And got

1373.42822274
So the 13k isn't years?
 
2021-04-12 7:10:44 PM  
You use half of that to buy bitcoin and move to Fiji
 
2021-04-12 7:12:28 PM  

waxbeans: 5.8 million. Hum. Change city. Never think about my past life. Pay cash till I die. Hell with 5.8 million you could probably rent a nice room from a rich person, for like decade and never use your name again.


Or have one pretty good weekend in Vegas.
 
2021-04-12 7:12:47 PM  

RedVentrue: You use half of that to buy bitcoin and move to Fiji


You think there is a BitCoin ATM on Fiji? That you could use? Inconspicuously?
 
2021-04-12 7:18:06 PM  

Por que tan serioso: RedVentrue: You use half of that to buy bitcoin and move to Fiji

You think there is a BitCoin ATM on Fiji? That you could use? Inconspicuously?


Probably a sketching one in a bodega
 
2021-04-12 7:27:00 PM  
The dentist my wife worked for took $180k, stayed open the whole time (even during required lockdown), bought a new porsche and sold the practice in November. The corruption was plentiful with that program.
 
2021-04-12 7:35:14 PM  

waxbeans: Por que tan serioso: ScottRiqui: waxbeans: JFC you could spend $1,000 a day and it would last nearly 12, 000 years.

Or just under 16 years for those of us who aren't using a potato for a calculator.

See how he's blaming the decimal place? Lol.  Never change waxbeans.

I divided what they stole by $1,000 a day and then I divided that by 365 days in a year
And got

1373.42822274
So the 13k isn't years?


Somehow this made my farking day.  Don't ever change
 
2021-04-12 7:41:18 PM  
You have to run a hedge fund and then you can scam people legally.
 
2021-04-12 7:55:19 PM  

Begoggle: You have to run a hedge fund and then you can scam people legally.


Some believe the only proper way to loot a business is to first form a private equity firm. They are offended by these amateurs.
 
2021-04-12 8:07:19 PM  

jjorsett: The feds tend not to screw around.


They talk a great game, but when it comes to actually retrieving stolen money, they don't collect much. They do a fair-to-middling job collecting fines on securities fraud cases. Maybe they get back half the money.

But for shiat like COVID fraud? Pennies on the dollar. In their world, the definitions of "collected" and "recovered" are more elastic than a pr0n star's throat. The feds will trumpet the nine-figure "settlement" and memory-hole the four-figure payment.

Officer Barrelroll: Fraud investigation connected to covid relief funds is going to keep you busy for a long time.


Only on the lowest of low-hanging fruit like the idiots in TFA who teed things up wonderfully for the feds.

The thing about fraud is that when it's done well, it's not detected - and by the time it's detected, if detected at all, the money's gone and irrecoverable.

The investigators have the thankless job of chasing missing horses for a farmer who never bothered to build a barn, let alone one with functioning doors.

It would be far better if the applications were more scrupulously vetted in the first place, but our elected officials  have, over time, considered the quick distribution of funds to be more important - for their own careers. For sustainability, not so much.
 
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