LOS ANGELES – Sunland resident sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining a loan of $ 650,600 from the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, announced today the Ministry of Justice.
Andranik Amiryan, 42, was sentenced Thursday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who also ordered him to pay $ 650,600 in restitution. Amiryan pleaded guilty on April 28 to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Amiryan opened a bank account using a stolen identity, then, posing as the victim of identity theft, falsely told the bank that he was the CEO of ACBA Technologies Inc., a company of software based in Northridge. In fact, ACBA only existed as a business shell. Amiryan’s co-conspirators arranged to transfer the $ 650,600 CARES Act relief fund to this account by falsely claiming that ACBA Technologies had a monthly payroll of over $ 500,000 and attaching fake forms. tax support. With the money in his account, Amiryan wrote checks to his co-conspirators and other shell companies he controlled, effectively withdrawing around $ 452,287 from the funds before the bank blocked the account.
Amiryan has been in federal custody since his arrest in this case in September 2020. At the time of his arrest, authorities seized $ 11,800 in cash found in his jacket, and soon after seized more than $ 262,000 from bank accounts he was arrested. ‘he was controlling. As part of his guilty plea, Amiryan agreed to confiscate these assets, which are worth nearly $ 275,000.
Judge Gee called Amiryan’s theft of public funds that were intended by Congress to help small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic “despicable”.
The case is the result of an investigation by the El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force of Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles and the Office of the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration.
Deputy U.S. Attorneys Andrew Brown of the Major Fraud Section and Victor Rodgers of the Asset Forfeiture Section have pursued the case.
In May, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force to mobilize resources from the Department of Justice in partnership with government agencies to strengthen efforts to combat and prevent fraud related to the pandemic. The Working Group strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable national and international criminal actors and assists agencies responsible for administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by scaling up and integrating mechanisms coordination, identifying resources and techniques for uncovering fraudulent actors and their programs, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Control hotline at 866-720- 5721 or via the NCDF web complaint form at: https: //www.justice. gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.