BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baker woman was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison for wire fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic Monday.
In addition to her 26-month prison sentence, Chanda Hall, 44, of Baker must pay a $5,000 fine, $25,000 in restitution to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a $25,000 money judgment to the U.S., according to U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. Hall was convicted in June of this year.
A news release from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application submitted by Hall in May 2020 was rejected in June of that same year. The DOJ said the application was denied because her company’s registration with the Louisiana Secretary of State was revoked in 2015 and had not been reinstated when she applied for the loan.
A second application was submitted by Hall under the name of her nonprofit the day after her previous application was rejected. The information in this application was false, according to the DOJ.
“As the United States proved at trial, First Home did not have the revenues or expenses that Hall had claimed in her application, and Hall had misrepresented her criminal history, which included a recent felony conviction,” the DOJ said.