Fraudster bought $58,000 Pokémon card with COVID relief loan – Crime Online
A Georgia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for using a coronavirus relief loan to buy a $58,000 Pokémon card.
Vinath Oudomsine, 31, was said to have received an Economic Disaster Disaster Loan (EIDL) of $85,000 in August 2020 after claiming to run an ‘entertainment services’ business in Dublin which had 10 employees and gross revenues of 235,000 $ the year before the pandemic. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said in a statement that Oudomsin then used $57,789 from the loan to buy a Pokémon Charizard card, which he agreed to turn over to authorities.
Polygon reported that a Pokemon card sold for the same amount on the PWCC marketplace in December 2020. The card in question is a first-edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard with a 9.5 gem rating.
WGXA reported that Oudomsin pleaded guilty to wire fraud in October. In addition to losing the Pokémon card, Oudomsine was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $85,000 in restitution.
Oudomsine is not eligible for parole because he has been prosecuted at the federal level, according to Monday’s statement.
“COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loans are issued by the government to help businesses struggling to survive during a pandemic, not for trivial collectibles,” said Philip Wislar, Acting Special Agent in Charge. from the FBI Atlanta.
“This sentence underscores the FBI’s commitment to aggressively pursue anyone who abuses taxpayers’ money and diverts it from citizens who desperately need it.”
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[Featured image: Vinath Oudomsine/Laurens County Sheriff’s Office]