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Florida police officer charged with COVID-19 relief fraud

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida police officer has been charged with fraudulently applying for a COVID-19 relief advance grant and low-interest loan. Court records show a federal grand jury in Miami returned an indictment Wednesday against the 44-year-old Coral Springs police officer. He faces one count of wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The officer's attorney said the government has been investigating for over a year, and he questions the strength of the prosecution’s case. According to the indictment, the officer submitted a fraudulent disaster loan application and loan agreement on behalf of his personal business falsely claiming gross revenues of $100,000.

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