A Georgia man faces multiple fraud charges after receiving COVID-19 relief funds and spending it on a single Pokémon card.
Vinath Oudomsine of Dublin, Georgia, fraudulently obtained Economic Injury Disaster Loans designated to bail out small businesses who experienced hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oudomsine pulled off the scheme by claiming to be the sole owner of a company that earned $235,000 within a year and employed ten workers. He was approved for the loan, and on August 4th, 2020, he received $85,000into his bank account.
At some time around January 8th, Oudomsine allegedly spent $57,789 of the funds on a limited-edition Pokémon card. Authorities didn’t elaborate on which card the man purchased, but exclusive Pokémon cards and memorabilia can be priced in the high thousands.