Washington: A strange case has emerged from America. Actually, David Stavele, a resident of Massachusetts, created a false story of his own death to take advantage of a government scheme related to Corona (Covid-19 business aid scheme). After being found guilty, the court sentenced him to 56 months in prison.
What is the whole matter?
According to a BBC report, David Stavele asked for a loan of about $ 5.5 million by pretending to be a false co-owner of 4 big businesses to take advantage of the US government’s plan. But last year the veil of the whole matter got exposed. After this David got scared and pretended to be suicide and disappeared.
There was a plan to defraud the US government
During the hearing on this matter, the public prosecutor told the court that last year the US government had imposed an economic emergency and had run schemes to help the needy. But David tried to cheat in this. In this government scheme, the government started the US Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses from March 2020 to May 2021. This scheme was run specifically for such businesses which have been affected due to the epidemic. Under this scheme, there was a plan to give loans to traders at low interest rates.
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How did the fraud happen?
Stavley, 54, and his partner David Andrew Butziger, 53, had filed false applications claiming to be the owners of three restaurants and a company called Dock Wireless. In fact, all three restaurants were already closed and Dock Wireless had no employees and no one had any stake in the ownership.
absconding leaving suicide note
After the case opened, both the accused were arrested in May 2020 and Staveley was placed under house arrest after being charged. A few weeks later, David Staveley cut off his electronic monitoring equipment, according to the Justice Department. After this, he left a suicide note with the family members and disappeared after parking his car by the sea. But those who knew him did not believe his suicide to be true since then. Then a search operation was launched between May and July 2020.
Dodge the police for 3 months with the help of false documents
During those 3 months when Staveley was on the run, Staveley is said to have used false documents, stolen license plates and at least five different phone numbers to travel across the country and escape the authorities. But US marshals finally captured him on July 23, 2020, north of Atlanta, Georgia, and he will now spend 4.5 years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.