Florida man charged with using COVID-19 relief funds on Lamborghini

By Darryl Coote |

July 27 (UPI) — Federal prosecutors in Florida on Monday accused a man of defrauding nearly $4 million from a coronavirus aid program and buying himself a Lamborghini sports car with some of his ill-gotten gains.

David T. Hines, 29, has been charged with one count of bank fraud, one count of making false statements to a financial institution and one count of engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a release.

According to the criminal complaint unsealed Monday with his appearance before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan in the Southern District of Florida, Hines attempted to secure some $13.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to help small businesses pay workers on their payroll amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The PPP was included in the more than $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that President Donald Trump signed into law in March.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.