Columbus Man Among Those Charged With Stealing COVID-19 Relief Funds


(Columbus, OH) -- A Columbus man is among those being charged by the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland for trying to steal millions meant for COVID-19 relief.

U.S. Attorney Bridget Brennan announced charges yesterday against six people, including 37-year-old Charles Tiller of Columbus. Brennan said Tiller and the others were recruited by 44-year-old Terrance Pounds to obtain CARES Act loans by claiming to run nonprofit faith-based organizations that did not exist.

Brennan said the group submitted at least 60 fraudulent loan applications worth $9-million.  

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