Stars and Stripes stripes.com 11 Jan, 2021 22:30 am

Nurse is accused of ripping off $474,000 in a COVID relief-funds scam

Nurse is accused of ripping off $474,000 in a COVID relief-funds scam
A registered nurse was arrested Friday after federal prosecutors charged him with fraud in obtaining COVID-19 relief loans, then using them to pay for his Mercedes-Benz SUV and child support, among other expenses.

And, after getting $474,900 in loans, prosecutors say Giraldo Caraballo didn't pay his employees at Professional Skills.He couldn't — Professional Skills has no employees and no payroll expenses, despite what he claimed in his applications.Online records say Caraballo, licensed in Florida as a registered nurse since 2009, registered Professional Skills with the state on April 18, 2019.The criminal complaint and Miami-Dade property records say the Southwest 200th Terrace address he used for Professional Skills is his home address.

The criminal complaint says when Caraballo opened a bank account in Professional Skills' name on May 6, 2019, he claimed the company had two employees and $70,000 gross annual sales.On June 17 of last year, three months after the United States began shutting down to try to stop the coronavirus spread, Caraballo's application for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) claimed Professional Skills had $180,000 gross revenue from Feb.

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