A former NFL football player was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief, according to the Justice Department.
Joshua Bellamy, 32, a former football player for the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins, received $1,246,565 in the form of a Paycheck Protection Program loan, according to the Justice Department. Bellamy obtained the $1.2 million for his company Drip Entertainment LLC by using false information and documents.
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The funds from the PPP loan were used by Bellamy on things such as jewelry, a visit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida, and on other items deemed personal, said the department.
Additionally, Bellamy "sought PPP loans on behalf of his family members and close associates," the department said. Bellamy admitted that he had given an accomplice, James Stote, more than $311,000 for his help in "preparing and submitting the fraudulent loan application."
Bellamy was one of several people that the Justice Department charged in September 2020 for filing fraudulent applications to receive coronavirus relief money. The scheme altogether amounted to 90 fake applications filed and $24 million in loans received.
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Bellamy pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud on Jun. 9. In addition to his three-year sentence, Bellamy will serve a three-year supervised sentence upon being released and will have to pay $1,246,565 in both restitution and forfeiture, according to the department.