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Coral Springs Police Officer Charged With Covid Relief Fraud

Officer accused of using thousands from loan money on service and repair of vintage car

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A Coral Springs Police officer is facing charges after authorities said he lied to get a COVID-19 relief loan.

Jason Scott Carter, 44, of Boca Raton, is facing a wire fraud charge and made his first appearance in federal court on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

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Jason Scott Carter

Prosecutors said Carter applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan on behalf of a business he allegedly owned and operated that fraudulently claimed had gross revenues of $100,000.

Carter also certified that he'd be using the funds for business expenses but it was discovered he'd spent more than $21,000 of the loan money at a car repair and detailing company for luxury vehicles and high-end auto parts, authorities said.

Carter was released on bond pending trial. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

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