Monroe County man pleads guilty to $300,000 COVID relief fraud

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Julian J. Levons of Henryville, Monroe County, pleaded guilty mid-trial to laundering fraudulently obtained COVID-19 relief loan funds.

Officials said the trial began on May 31, 2022, and ended abruptly when Levons pleaded guilty on June 2.

Levons was accused of obtaining two loans worth approximately $300,000 under the Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) and attempting to obtain a third loan worth around $150,000.

Court documents allege Levons falsified income and expense figures for two small businesses he and his wife owned.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Intermediate District of Pennsylvania, Levons allegedly used COVID-19 relief funds to pay off a high-interest line of credit and also pay off a mortgage on rental property.

FBI investigators say they seized more than $210,000 in fraudulently obtained EIDL funds from bank accounts under Levons’ control.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these charges is 30 years in prison, a period of supervised release after imprisonment and a fine.

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