Police department worker gets 60 days for COVID relief fraud

MIAMI (AP) — A former civilian employee for a South Florida police department has been sentenced to 60 days in federal prison for stealing over over $117,000 in COVID relief funds. Records show Elisa Rivera was sentenced Wednesday in Miami federal court. She pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Rivera had been working as an administrative officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in 2020. Despite suffering no loss of salary, a criminal complaint says Rivera authorized a co-conspirator to electronically submit an Economic Injury Disaster Loan application to the Small Business Administration. After submitting her own application, officials ay Rivera submitted fraudulent applications on behalf of others.

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