July 31, 2021

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Former mayoral candidate Kelli Prather charged by feds in pandemic relief fraud scheme

A former Cincinnati mayoral candidate is indicted in a pandemic fraud program. Investigators said Kelli Prather received nearly $ 20,000 from the more than $ 600,000 she requested. Federal investigators are warning people trying to defraud the system they are observing, they said Prather was part of their fourth round of fraud cases in our area. “I’m not the career politician. I’m not the party favorite. I’m the person who represents the people,” Kelli Prather said during a 2020 interview. She was in the limelight of the Hamilton County Commission in 2020. Dad was younger Time to run for mayor of Cincinnati, a city plagued by federal corruption cases. “The reason I chose the mayor’s race is because all of the issues I’ve discussed in the past,” Prather said during an interview about the 2021 race Federal accused of participating in pandemic relief fraud. “The program will benefit w It was designed to provide a lifeline to payroll. Instead, the funds will be used for something completely different,” said the incumbent US agent. Lawyer Vipal Patel. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Prather applied for six paycheck protection program loans that claimed to own six companies. The government began digging in September 2020, saying Prather wanted more than $ 600,000 in aid and fraudulently received nearly $ 20,000. Officials said Fifth Third Bank found discrepancies and refused to fund more. Documents Show One of Prather’s Loans The applications listed an employee making $ 19,862 a month, but the receipts only showed an income of $ 1,500 a year. “The accused defendants used these funds in a variety of ways, but there was a lot of personal use,” Patel said. Investigators claim Prather put money in his pocket and used it in salons and restaurants. Some of the purchases listed on the federal complaint filing include stopovers at Dollar General, City Gear, Kroger, and Juicy Crab. The documents show that Prather claimed her dealings were legitimate, but she admitted that some expenses were personal. Federal officials warn that they are closely monitoring these programs. “If you don’t stop, keep going. We’re going to knock,” said Patel. The father is charged, among other things, with bank fraud, exacerbated identity theft and false statements. She declined to comment. Three other people from our region have also been charged in separate pandemic fraud programs. Federal officials said Toni Wright, 34, of Cincinnati, allegedly received fraudulent $ 349,000 in PPP aid loans. She said she misrepresented the alleged sole owner of Poshedbar, a hair and nail salon, Beautiful Beginnings Doula Service, and Jerry’s Electronics. Wright used the money on restaurants, purchases at Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Kay Jewelers, and vacations. They also said Wright spent more than $ 10,000 at Sono Bello, a facility that th Wight is facing charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, misrepresentation, and misrepresentation of a Social Security number, among other things. Officials said Melissa McGhee, 37, of Cincinnati, allegedly received fraudulent $ 186,000 in aid that she allegedly received in part to purchase real estate. Investigators said she allegedly lied about an FHA new home loan. They said she applied for seven different pandemic relief loans and received three. According to investigators, McGhee used the company names M & MM Realty Group and M & M Realty Group to file fraudulent claims. She has been charged with, among other things, bank fraud, major disaster or emergency fraud, and wire fraud. Federal officials said Jon Alan Bader, 50, of Dayton, allegedly received more than $ 120,000 in fraudulent claims They said he registered JB Auto Wholesale, LLC with the state of Ohio on June 2020, after the grant date Loans. Investigators said he spent the aid money on Door Dash, Uber, clothing at Puma, Lacoste and Saks, and travel. He is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and misrepresentation, among other charges.

A former Cincinnati mayoral candidate is indicted in an anti-fraud program against the federal government.

Investigators said Kelli Prather received nearly $ 20,000 of the more than $ 600,000 in relief she requested.

Federal investigators are warning people attempting to defraud the system that they are closely monitoring it.

They said Prather was part of their fourth round of fraud cases in our region.

“I’m not the career politician. I’m not the party favorite. I’m the person who represents the people,” said Kelli Prather during a 2020 interview.

She was in the Hamilton County Commission spotlight in 2020.

Prather recently ran for mayor of Cincinnati, a city plagued by federal corruption cases.

“The reason I chose the mayor’s race is because of all the issues I’ve discussed in the past,” said Prather of the race during an interview in 2021.

She is now being accused by federal investigators of participating in pandemic aid fraud.

“The program benefits should be a lifeline for payroll. Instead, the funds will be used for something completely different,” said incumbent US attorney Vipal Patel.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, Prather applied for six paycheck protection program loans claiming to own six companies.

The government started digging in September 2020. This is evident from documents that were examined by WLWT and it found that the companies did not appear to be operational.

They said Prather wanted more than $ 600,000 in aid and had fraudulently received nearly $ 20,000.

Officials said Fifth Third Bank found discrepancies and refused to fund more.

Documents indicate that one of Prather’s loan applications listed an employee who made $ 19,862 a month. However, their records show income of only $ 1,500 per year.

“The accused defendants used these funds in a variety of ways, but there was a lot of personal use,” Patel said.

Investigators claim Prather put money in his pocket and used it in salons and restaurants.

Some of the purchases listed on the federal complaint filing include stopovers at Dollar General, City Gear, Kroger, and Juicy Crab.

The documents show that Prather claimed her dealings were legitimate, but she admitted that some expenses were personal.

Federal officials warn that they are closely monitoring these programs.

“If you don’t stop, keep going, we’ll knock,” said Patel.

Prather is charged, among other things, with bank fraud, exacerbated identity theft and false information.

She declined to comment.

Three other people from our region were also charged with separate anti-pandemic fraud measures.

Federal officials said Toni Wright, 34, of Cincinnati, allegedly received fraudulent $ 349,000 in PPP aid loans.

She said she made false statements to the alleged sole owner of Poshedbar, a hair and nail salon, beautiful Beginnings and Jerry’s Electronics doula service.

Investigators said Wright used the money on restaurants, purchases at Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Kay Jewelers, and holidays.

They also said Wright spent more than $ 10,000 on Sono Bello, a facility promoting laser liposuction and body contouring.

Wright is charged with bank fraud, wire transfer fraud, misrepresentation, and misrepresentation of a social security number, among other charges.

Officials said Melissa McGhee, 37, of Cincinnati, allegedly received fraudulent $ 186,000 in aid money that she used in part to purchase real estate.

Investigators said she allegedly lied about an FHA new home loan.

She said she applied for seven different pandemic loans and received three.

According to investigators, McGhee used the company names M & MM Realty Group and M & M Realty Group to file fraudulent claims.

She has been charged with, among other things, bank fraud, major disaster or emergency fraud, and cable fraud.

Federal officials said Jon Alan Bader, 50, of Dayton, allegedly received more than $ 120,000 in fraudulent pandemic aid funds by lying on claims.

They said he registered JB Auto Wholesale, LLC with the state of Ohio for the loans in June 2020 after the loan record date.

Investigators said he spent the aid money on Door Dash, Uber, clothing at Puma, Lacoste and Saks, and travel.

He is charged, among other things, with bank fraud, wire transfer fraud and false information.