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Prosecutors: Florida nurse lied to get $420k in virus relief

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 11:52:29-05

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a South Florida nurse fraudulently obtained about $420,000 in coronavirus relief funds.

Giraldo Caraballo made his initial appearance Friday in Miami federal court. He’s charged with engaging in transactions in unlawful proceeds and making false statements to a financial institution.

A criminal complaint says Caraballo applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program loan on behalf of his company, Professional Skills Inc.

He claimed the company had 28 employees and an average monthly payroll of $168,000, which investigators said was untrue.

Instead of using the money for payroll, prosecutors said Caraballo transferred the money to other accounts and used it for personal expenses.