JetBlue workers among several arrested in COVID-19 relief fund scam

Five people, including three JetBlue employees, were arrested for theft $ 1 million in COVID-19 Relief Fund.

At Thursday, the authorities apprehended Orlando Sanay, 39, Michael Pimentel Veloz, 40, Fanny Plasencia, 20, and Twin brothers Keimi Nuñez, 41 and Keily Nuñez of Queens, New York. According to prosecutors, these five people would have stolen $ 1,006,000 by fraudulently asking Economic disaster loans.

The Nuñez and Sanay brothers, from New Jersey, were employed by JetBlue when they applied for the loans. Between April and August 2020, the defendants are said to have requested EIDL funds for eight separate companies. The men falsely gave the number of employees in the companies and lied about the gross earnings of the year before the pandemic.

In a request, Nunez and Sanay said that Sanay is the owner and CEO of “Sanay Venture Capital LLC. “They falsely claimed that they had 26 employees and $ 839,000 in gross income. The two then boldly submitted the loan request from JetBlue Airways’ IP address. The loan was finally approved and $ 139,400 was transferred to Sanay’s personal bank account. There is no evidence to suggest that the funds were used for business expenses. Nunez no longer works for JetBlue. It’s still unclear if the remaining scammers are still in the business.

“JetBlue is fully cooperating with law enforcement in this matter,” a spokesperson said.

All the accused face 20 years behind bars.

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