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A 31-year-old man from Georgia has been sentenced to three years in prison for using COVID-19 remedies to purchase a rare Charizard Pokemon Map in 2020.
Vinath Oudomsine, of Dublin, Georgia, has been charged with wire fraud after he allegedly lied to the government last year to get a COVID-19 relief loan to buy the rare card, which state officials say will cost more than $57,000 .
The Department of Justice for the Southern District of Georgia released a statement saying the man was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison without an offer of parole and was fined $10,000, while he also had to pay back the $85,000 he received he had stolen.
The man also agreed to forfeit the rare Pokémon card as part of his plea deal.
“Congress apppropria”Like moths in a flame, scammers like Oudomsine used these schemes to line their own pockets – and together with our law enforcement partners, we hold him and others accountable for their greed.”
US Attorney David H. Estes
The purpose of the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loans was that the government should help companies that were struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Georgian has lied to the government about his business, claiming to provide “entertainment services” with gross sales of $235,000 and 10 employees.
Around the time Oudomsine is released from prison, the latest installment in the main series Pokémon games, Pokemon scarlet and violetwill be available, with the first two Generation IX games due later this year.