California Couple On The Run After Being Convicted In $18M COVID Relief Fraud Scheme

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September 1, 2021 astatine 11:52 am

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An Encino mates convicted successful an $18 cardinal COVID-19 alleviation fraud case earlier this summertime person chopped disconnected their ankle monitoring bracelets and gone connected the lam, the FBI reported precocious Tuesday night.

Undated photos of Richard Ayvazyas and his wife, Marietta Terabelian. (FBI)

Back successful June, 43-year-old Richard Ayvazyas, his wife, 37-year-old Marietta Terabelian, and 2 different household members were recovered blameworthy of fraudulently obtaining much than $18 cardinal successful Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programme funds.

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The utilized the wealth to enactment down payments connected luxury homes successful Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert and acquisition jewelry and different high-end items.

They were scheduled to beryllium sentenced connected Oct. 4 successful Los Angeles national court.

In a tweet precocious Tuesday, the FBI said the mates chopped their monitoring bracelets and are considered fugitives. The mates person been missing since Sunday. Their whereabouts are unknown.

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Evidence showed the defendants utilized bogus oregon stolen identities to taxable fraudulent applications for the loans. In enactment of the applications, the defendants besides submitted sham documents to lenders and the Small Business Administration, including fake individuality documents, taxation documents and payroll records.

The mates utilized the fraudulently obtained funds arsenic down payments connected luxury homes and to bargain golden coins, diamonds, jewelry, luxury watches, imported furnishings, decorator handbags, covering and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The FBI asks that anyone who has accusation connected the mates to telephone 310-477-6565.

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