Jury Convicts Cincinnati Woman of Crimes Related to COVID-19 Relief Fraud
Jul 26, 2023
From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio:
A federal jury in the Southern District of Ohio today convicted Kelli Prather, 51, of Cincinnati of crimes pertaining to her request for more than $1.2 million in pandemic relief loans. She was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals after the jury returned its guilty verdicts.
According to testimony and evidence presented during the trial that began July 18, Prather applied for six Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as part of the CARES Act COVID-19 pandemic relief. She claimed to own six businesses – Enhanced Healthcare Solutions, Life Skills Enhancement, Prather Property Management, Reliable Ambulette Services, Rich Glo Management Services and Tots R Us.
Separately, Prather also applied for eight Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). In three of the EIDL applications she filed in November 2020, she represented that the businesses were majority owned by her disabled nephew.
Prather sought more than $1.2 million in fraud relief and fraudulently received approximately $19,800.
The jury convicted her of six counts of bank fraud (punishable by up to 30 years in prison), one count of making false statements in connection to credit or loan applications (up to 30 years in prison), four counts of wire fraud (up to 20 years in prison), and three counts of aggravated identity theft (carrying a mandatory 2-year sentence to run consecutive to any other sentence imposed). The court will set a date for sentencing following a pre-sentence investigation.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General; and other members of the Financial Crimes Working Group Pandemic Fraud Committee announced the verdict at the conclusion of the trial before U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. McFarland. Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Springer and Ebunoluwa A. Taiwo are representing the United States in this case.
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