Former Virginia couple pleads guilty to submitting fake COVID-19 loan applications

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a former Virginia couple has pleaded guilty to submitting at least 40 fake loan applications totaling more than $5.1 million connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A news release says Malik Mitchum and Jenna Mitchum worked to obtain Small Business Administration-sponsored Economic Injury Disaster loans and Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Prosecutors say the Mitchums falsely claimed that they were owners of at least five small businesses, when Malik was actually a junior enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force and Jenna was unemployed.

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