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Washington state to provide $40 million in COVID-19 relief for illegal immigrants

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has agreed to provide $40 million in COVID-19 relief for illegal immigrants. The fund will be available to illegal immigrants who can’t access federal coronavirus relief programs, such as the CARES Act, because of their immigration status.

Individual illegal immigrants who submit an application can receive up to $1,000 if approved, and families are eligible to receive up to $3,000. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services will select a nonprofit to administer the Immigrant Relief Fund.

“We have to ensure that no one in our state is left behind as we fight this pandemic,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement. “COVID-19 doesn’t care what your immigration status is. We must support every family affected by the virus, especially those who lack the necessary means to quarantine or isolate and prevent further spread. This is the right thing for the well-being of individuals, the health of their colleagues and the safety of our communities.”

“Immigrant workers are critical to communities throughout the state and are the backbone of our economy,” Inslee said. “While some have been hit by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, others face safety risks as frontline workers. And even though immigrants in the United States pay billions of dollars in taxes, they do not receive the same support when a crisis occurs. This is one way to help rectify that situation.”

The Pew Research Center estimates that Washington has approximately 240,000 illegal residents, who reportedly pay around $368 million in state and local taxes annually.

“We’re excited to have a good chunk of money allocated to our community,” Alejandra Perez, an immigration activist from the Seattle area who has been working with the governor’s staff, said. “Even though our (original) ask was $100 million.”

In May, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution requesting emergency economic assistance from the state of Washington for illegal immigrants. The resolution called for the state to create the “Washington Worker Relief Fund,” which would allocate at least $100 million to assist illegal immigrants who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city council voted 9-0 on the resolution, and it was signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council predicted the state’s current 2019-2021 budget would fall short of revenues by $4.5 billion. The 2021-2023 budget is forecast to have a $4.3 billion budget deficit, according to KING-TV.

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that California would provide millions of dollars to illegal immigrants in a coronavirus relief fund. Newsom said the state would contribute $75 million in taxpayer funds, while a network of immigration rights organizations have pledged to raise another $50 million for the fund.

In May, Oregon started distributing more than $10 million to illegal immigrants through the Oregon Worker Relief Fund.

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California man arrested for allegedly stealing $9 million in COVID-19 relief funds, spent money on Vegas gambling sprees

A California man was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing about $9 million in coronavirus relief funds. He reportedly spent some portion of the proceeds on extravagant gambling sprees and risky stock market investments.

Andrew Marnell, a resident of the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, is accused of submitting several fraudulent loan applications to the federal government. Marnell, 40, was granted at least $9 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, a number that could rise as the investigation progresses.

The PPP loans are part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that provided up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses in April. The PPP loans were meant to provide financial relief to small businesses so they can survive the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Court documents state that Marnell, while often using aliases, submitted fraudulent loan applications. He reportedly used fake and altered documents, including “bogus federal tax filings and employee payroll records,” according to the affidavit.

Marnell reportedly transferred millions of dollars from the fraudulently obtained loan proceeds to his brokerage accounts to make “risky stock market bets.”

“Marnell spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulently obtained loan proceeds at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino and other gambling establishments as recently as last weekend,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Marnell has been charged with one count of bank fraud, and faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison if convicted. He is due back in court Tuesday. The case against Marnell is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kerry Quinn of the Major Frauds Section and DOJ Trial Attorney Scott Armstrong of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

In late May, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Security and Exchange Committee, and the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced fraud charges against former Hollywood executive producer William Sadleir. He was accused of stealing $1.7 million in COVID-19 relief loans and allegedly embezzling $25 million from investors.

Sadleir, 66, applied for PPP loans by submitting fraudulent applications in the name of the Los Angeles-based film production company Aviron Pictures. He used the PPP loans to pay off his personal credit cards, $40,000 in car payments, other personal expenses, and to help purchase a $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills.

Sadleir was charged with criminal wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution, making false statements to the SBA, and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say that all of the charges carry a possible penalty of up to 82 years in federal prison.

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