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New York woman sentenced to probation and fines in COVID aid fraud schemes

  • Chanette Lewis, a Brooklyn woman, was sentenced to three years of probation and $650,000 in penalties for her involvement in pandemic-era relief fraud schemes.
  • Lewis used her position at a call center to provide free hotel rooms to ineligible individuals, including herself, and advertised them on Facebook. Her co-defendants also engaged in fraudulent activities, such as obtaining unemployment benefits and small business loans.
  • Lewis forged legal documents to secure public housing for 30 people. She was ordered to forfeit $290,000 and pay $360,000 in penalties, while her co-defendants received lesser sentences.
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