27 months in prison for Kissimmee man who stole over $1,000,000 in COVID relief funds

A 36-year-old Kissimmee man who pled guilty to stealing over $1,000,000 in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to spend the next 27 months behind bars.

Levelle Joseph Harris was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell for wire fraud. Harris pled guilty on September 21, 2022 to 14 counts of wire fraud for applying for and receiving 14 Paycheck Protection Program loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

According to court records, Harris used false information to apply for the loans between May 27, 2020, and June 2, 2021. Harris allegedly made false representations on his PPP applications and electronically submitted the applications over the internet.

The fraudulent loans were approved, and Harris received $1,283,029.81 in internet wire transfers.

Those wire transfers were supposed to be used to cover payroll, debts, utilities, rent/mortgage, accounts payable, and other bills. According to court records, Harris used the money for his personal expenses instead.

In addition to prison time, the court has ordered Harris to forfeit $1,283,029.81.

Most Popular

Pedestrian struck, run over in fatal hit-and-run crash in east Orlando

A vehicle is being sought in a hit-and-run in east Orlando that claimed the life of a woman on Wednesday night.

31-year-old man killed after vehicle overturns, ejects engine in Osceola County

A 31-year-old Poinciana man was killed on Wednesday afternoon after he was involved in an accident with another vehicle in Osceola County.

Orlando woman who recently moved to Tallahassee claims $1 million scratch-off prize

A 41-year-old woman, who recently moved with her family to Tallahassee from the Orlando area, claimed a $1 million prize from a scratch-off.

Apopka Police & Fire BBQ competition at local Sonny’s

Apopka Police Department and Apopka Fire Department will host a barbecue competition at a local Sonny's this weekend.

Pimp gets 35 years in prison for sex trafficking throughout Central Florida

A man who admitted to working as a "pimp" since at least 1994, was sentenced to spend the next 35 years behind bars for a multitude of convictions related to sex trafficking.

Package thief wanted by Longwood Police

The Longwood Police Department is asking the public for help to identify a man wanted for stealing packages from a local apartment complex.
clear sky
58 ° F
60.9 °
53.1 °
61 %
4 %
66 °
68 °
78 °
85 °
77 °