Man spent $57K in fraudulently COVID-19 relief fund on Pokemon cards

Man spent $57K in fraudulently COVID-19 relief fund on Pokemon cards

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.

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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.

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