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Former Phoenix cop pleads guilty to fraud, ordered to pay $1M in restitution

Toni Richardson, previously of the Phoenix Police Department, admitted to fraudulently acquiring money by the Paycheck Protection Program.

PHOENIX — A former Phoenix police officer has pleaded guilty to financial institution fraud and been ordered to pay over $1 million restitution, courtroom data present.

Toni Richardson, who resigned from the Phoenix Police Department final year, has just lately been sentenced to 15 months in federal jail after admitting to conspiring to fraudulently get hold of funds by the Paycheck Protection Program. 

The former officer was arrested final year for submitting a fraudulent application to obtain monetary help from the federal authorities in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Richardson and a co-defendant filed the application on behalf of an entity referred to as The Lotto Club, which they claimed employed over 80 individuals and had a month-to-month payroll of $510,000. 

In actuality, The Lotto Club truly had zero staff wasn’t conducting any business on the time the PPP application was filed, courtroom paperwork present.

Prosecutors say the defendants improperly spent the $1.2 million they have been allotted by the federal government program.

As a results of the plea deal, Richardson has been ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The defendant can even be positioned on probation for 3 years after she completes her jail time period.

Phoenix police have been fast to condemn Richardson’s actions after the officer was arrested final year.

“The city of Phoenix takes allegations of criminal conduct by our employees very seriously,” town wrote in an announcement final year. “The alleged actions of this employee go against the core values of the city and everything we stand for as public servants.”

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