BY HAYLEY FOWLER / News Observer / Yahoo

Source: yahoo.com

A 40-year-old man in Virginia on probation for fraud and money laundering finagled nearly $200,000 in COVID-19 relief loans at the start of the pandemic last year, according to federal prosecutors.

Joseph Cherry was sentenced Thursday to just over 4 years in prison on charges of wire fraud and theft of government property after he pleaded guilty in October, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a news release.

“Exploiting programs meant to help businesses in need during a global pandemic is appalling,” Special Agent in Charge Kelly R. Jackson said in the release. “Today, Cherry learned his actions have repercussions.”

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