Man Accused of Blowing $57,789 of Federal COVID Aid on One Pokémon Card
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A Georgia man has been federally charged with wire fraud after allegedly lying to get his hands on an $85,000 COVID-19 business relief loan—and then blowing over two-thirds of it on a single Pokémon card. According to court documents, Vinath Oudomsine applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan [EIDL] in July 2020, claiming that he employed 10 people in an unspecified business that had yearly revenue of $235,000. A month later, the Small Business Association deposited $85,000 into his bank account, then, in January of this year, he allegedly spent $57,789 of those funds on one Pokémon card. Prosecutors didn’t reveal which Pokémon was on the card. Oudomsine is yet to enter a plea and his lawyer declined to comment when approached by The Washington Post.