A federal judge in Mobile sentenced five of the six defendants. conspiring to deceive a program designed to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Small Business Administration credit processor that developed the scheme.
Carderrius Felion of Mobile was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised imprisonment and was sentenced to pay $ 98,415. Felion pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors said Felion used his contractual position at the Small Business Administration to educate family and friends on how to obtain fraudulent loans from the SBA. He worked remotely from the Mobile Apartment.
Chief District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama Christie K. Daboz delivered the verdict Friday.
Others who pleaded guilty and were convicted included Felion’s brother, Kashunt Tate; sister, Khadija Tate; and mother, Courtney Felion.
Kashunte Tate was sentenced to six months in prison, five years of supervised imprisonment, and $ 8,000 in compensation. Khadija Tate was sentenced to 60 days in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $ 14,800 in compensation.
Courtney Felion was sentenced to 60 days in prison, five years of supervised imprisonment and ordered to pay $ 8,000 in compensation.
Brittney Bettison, a social acquaintance of Carderrius Felion, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in prison and three years of supervised imprisonment.
Jeremiah Kelly, the sixth and final conspirator, pleaded guilty to aiding electronic communications fraud. Kelly is awaiting sentencing.