Florida officer charged with COVID-19 relief fraud after servicing, repairing vintage car

MIAMI, Fla, — A South Florida police officer was indicted Friday on suspicion of using COVID-19 relief funds to spruce a vintage car, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jason Scott Carter, an officer with the Coral Springs Police Department who lives in Boca Raton, is accused of applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan on behalf of a business he allegedly owned and operated that fraudulently claimed pre-pandemic gross revenue of $100,000, WTVJ reported.

“In reality, the business had only minimal gross revenues during that period,” the DOJ stated in a news release announcing Carter’s indictment.

According to WFLA-TV, Carter alleged in his loan application that he would only use the funds to support his business, but investigators determined that he spent $21,000 of Small Business Administration loan money at a car repair and detailing company that specializes in luxury vehicles and high-end auto parts.

Carter, 44, was charged with one count of wire fraud and faces as many as 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted, according to the DOJ.