A family-run ‘ministry’ in Florida has been accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $8.4million in pandemic-related loans, which they allegedly planned to put towards a new home in Disney World before fleeing to Canada.
ASLAN International Ministry in Orlando allegedly used false documents to apply for government funds through the Paycheck Protection Program in April, prosecutors said on Monday.
The loan program was created as part of the CARES ACT earlier this year to provide relief to small businesses struggling during the pandemic.
However, authorities later found ASLAN wasn’t a legitimate religious organization and the family had distributed the millions into several different accounts, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
According to a federal court filing on Monday, ASLAN Vice President Joshua Edwards initially applied for a $6.91million loan, using documents to paint the church as a successful organization that had $51million in revenue last year.
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Source: Daily Mail