EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — A family is facing federal charges for allegedly creating fake agricultural businesses here in Ohio to qualify for COVID-19 relief loans.
According to the affidavit, the defendants include Zaur Kalantarli, Nigar Kalantarli, Ali Kalantarli, Kandy Rogriguez, Aydin Kalantarov and Gunay Kalantarli.
They’re accused of receiving 53 loans through the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which totaled $7,447,400.00.
Federal agents discovered during the course of their investigation that none of the businesses were actually legitimate. Arrest warrants were subsequently issued.
Aydin Kalantarov and Gunay Kalantarli have been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire or bank fraud. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Ohio tells FOX 8 charges could be forthcoming for the other four allegedly involved.