Major COVID Fraud Scheme Involving Minnesota
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.
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.