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St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Las Vegas woman has entered a guilty plea to a federal charge connected to a major COVID pandemic relief fraud scheme involving Minnesota.

According to federal prosecutors, 39-year-old Tequisha Solomon fraudulently applied for more than $7.1 million in pandemic-related assistance that caused the US government and multiple state agencies to pay out more than $4.7 million in benefits. US Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger says much of the fraud involved unlawful applications for COVID pandemic unemployment insurance benefits in multiple states, including Minnesota.

photo courtesy MNN
photo courtesy MNN

A news release says Solomon also assisted other people to apply for COVID-related benefits, charging them fees of up to $2000. It was alleged that she submitted over 200 Falls and fraudulent applications for unemployment benefits on behalf of other people.

Solomon today admitted to a single count of wire fraud during a hearing at the federal courthouse in St. Paul. Her sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

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