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Coral Springs, FL, Police Officer Charged with Using COVID Relief Money to Service and Repair Vintage Car

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A South Florida federal grand jury has charged a Coral Springs, FL, police officer with fraudulently applying to the U.S. Small Business Administration for a COVID-19 relief advance grant and low-interest loan.

According to the indictment unsealed June 16 in federal district court, Jason Scott Carter, 44, of Boca Raton, submitted a fraudulent Economic Injury Disaster Loan application and loan agreement on behalf of Jason S. Carter, Inc., a South Florida business he allegedly owned and operated.  

That application falsely and fraudulently certified, among other things, that during the 12 months prior to Jan. 31, 2020, the business had gross revenues of $100,000, according to the indictment. In reality, the business had only minimal gross revenues during that period.  


The indictment also charges Carter with falsely and fraudulently certifying he would use the funds only for business expenses to alleviate economic injury the COVID-19 pandemic caused to the business. In fact, according to the charges, Carter spent more than $21,000 of the SBA loan money at a car repair and detailing company for luxury vehicles and high-end auto parts.


The indictment charged Carter with one count of wire fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.


Carter made his initial appearance June 16 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart. He was released on bond, pending trial.


Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Omar Perez Aybar, special agent in charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Miami Regional Office; and David Walker, special agent in charge, FBI Tampa, announced the charges.


HHS-OIG, Miami Regional Office (Tampa) and FBI Tampa investigated this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Will J. Rosenzweig is prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Laserna is handling asset forfeiture.


Indictments contain mere allegations and defendants are innocent unless and until found guilty in a court of law.


Source: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida