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Court date set for LV man charged with fraud, money laundering

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A court docket date has been set for a Las Vegas man charged with fraud and money laundering after prosecutors stated he submitted a fraudulent mortgage application to the Small Business Administration.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler scheduled a jury trial for Oct. 17 for Ribal Hajj-Hussein, 28, who’s charged with one rely of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering.

Prosecutors say Hajj-Hussein, who appeared in court docket Thursday, turned in an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application looking for greater than $150,000 beneath the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act on April 14, 2020.

But the application made to the SBA on behalf of his company, RHH Travel Consulting LLC — a non-operational business — was for COVID-19 aid funds he was not entitled to obtain, in keeping with allegations within the indictment.

Records present the journey company was registered with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office in 2019, however the license was revoked.

Hajj-Hussein falsely represented the variety of staff and gross income for his company, in keeping with a information launch from the U.S. Department of Justice and the office of James Frierson, U.S. lawyer for Nevada.

As a part of the alleged scheme, Hajj-Hussein had the SBA deposit greater than $150,000 in EIDL funds right into a checking account. Later, Hajj-Hussein transferred these funds to different financial institution accounts and used them for personal bills.

If convicted, the statutory most penalty is 40 years in jail.

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