Man Used Covid Relief to Buy Lamborghini – Now He’s in Big Trouble
A Houston man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison after he was accused of using federal COVID-19 relief funding on a Lamborghini, a Rolex watch and trips to strip clubs, federal prosecutors said.
Lee Price III, 30, was sentenced Monday to 110 months in prison. Price pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud and money laundering.
“Mr. Price hopes that others will learn from his reckoning that there is no easy money,” Price’s lawyer Tom Berg said in an email to news outlets. “He has the balance of the 110-month sentence to reflect, repent and rebuild his misspent life.”
Prosecutors accused Price of fraudulently using more than $1.6 million in funding from the Paycheck Protection Program, which gave low-interest loans to small businesses struggling during the pandemic.
According to prosecutors, Price also used the money to buy an $85,000 pickup truck and to pay off a loan on a residential property.
On the applications, Price used the name of a person who died before the documents were submitted, the court documents said.
In the paperwork, he also fudged payroll expenses and the number of employees he purportedly had at three seperate businesses, according to the court docs.
Price used some of the ill-gotten gains to buy a Lamborghini Urus, a Ford F-350 truck and a Rolex watch, the DOJ said.
The DOJ said authorities have recovered over $700,000 in the fraudulently obtained money.