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Florida couple charged in $5.8 million COVID relief fraud

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple accused of COVID relief fraud filed dozens of false loan applications that totaled nearly $6 million. Prosecutors say 44-year-old Julio Lugo and 37-year-old Rosenide Venant used the funds to pay off a luxury vehicle. They also spend more than $62,000 at casinos. A news release says Lugo also posted a Facebook video showing “a hotel room littered with $100 bills and at least $5,000 in merchandise from Louis Vuitton.” They say the money was obtained illegally from the Small Business Administration. They are each charged with with conspiracy and making false statements to a financial institution 

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