$1.9m Fraud: Another Nigerian Bags Prison Sentence in US

Fraud is a crime the government of the United States, US, doesn’t lightly treat as there are stern punishments for anyone found wanting by the law.

However, a recent development has had history record another image-tarnishing event that a Nigerian woman will probably be spending up to thirty years imprisoned.

It was first alleged that she committed fraud amounting to the tune of a $1.9 million COVID-19 relief fund, which a federal jury convicted her of the crime.

Lola Shalewa Kasali, the accused, is a 24-year-old Nigerian woman residing in Texax and was accused of stealing the Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, via loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, SBA, under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, CARES Act.

The crime was that the accused submitted different loan applications, described as misleading, to two different money lenders and took the identities of other employees to avert the funds when they arrived.

In all, the total sum of money Kasali was hoping to cart away with $3.8 million of the PPP Fund but was eventually discovered, and the whole scam procedure was revealed.

“To support these applications, Kasali also submitted fraudulent tax records. Kasali ultimately received over $1.9 million in PPP loan funds.” The Justice Department disclosed.

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