North Carolina woman went shopping with $150K virus relief loan, prosecutors say

Jasmine Johnnae Clifton is accused of using proceeds from the loan at Nieman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and diamond stores.

2/28/2021 2:32:00 PM

A woman in North Carolina lied to get a Covid-19 relief loan in order to fund shopping excursions to Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton and diamond stores, federal prosecutors say.

Jasmine Johnnae Clifton is accused of using proceeds from the loan at Nieman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and diamond stores.

The Associated PressCHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina woman who lied to get a coronavirus relief loan spent the money on shopping excursions to Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton and diamond stores, federal prosecutors said.Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, appeared in court Monday and was later released on $25,000 bond, according to a

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press releasefrom the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.The release said Clifton applied in March for a Small Business Administration loan designed to provide relief to existing businesses harmed by pandemic shutdowns. She created false documents claiming $350,000 in gross revenue in 12 months for her online clothing business, Jazzy Jas, even though other paperwork filed in early 2020 showed the company was effectively dissolved in September 2019, it said.

The loan application was approved in early August and Clifton received $149,900, which she later spent at over two dozen retailers, also shopping at Ikea and Rooms to Go, the release said.On Feb. 17, a grand jury indicted Clifton on wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. If convicted, Clifton faces 30 years for each charge and a possible $1,250,000 combined fine.

Clifton’s defender declined to comment on the charges Tuesday. Read more: NBC News »

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Charge her accordingly. Jail her and make her pay back every dime. Who does she think she is? Her penance should be volunteering at a woman’s shelter where she will learn the true meaning of living without. Republican. Got to be. JAIL Oh come-on!... Every LeaderMcConnell cronie, Trump buddy, and GOP Corporate contributer did the same thing in much larger scale.

$341 Million in PPP Fraud So Far, and Counting with a long list of people. I wonder why they chose to publicize this one. Was her name Ted Cruz? Hope that bitch 👀 jail for along time Trade all that in for prison Orange So sad but there are people out here that will take advantage of others on hard times but it’s not just her there’s many more people that’s out here doing this kind of mess and it hurts the one’s that really need it

So those of us that invested all of our money on starting a business in January 2020 did not qualify for these loans and we've had to keep putting money form our own pockets all year to survive, but fake paperwork got $150K for a shopping spree. This woman is now qualified to be in the former guy's cabinet, in his new political party and govt. he's trying to create. Honesty, compassion, integrity has no place in anything the former guy does

Stupid. I would never steal money to give to companies that steal more money. And she was caught What race was Jasmine Johnnae of Jazzy Jas clothing...? We already know because you would tell us if she was white. This is a new low She is probably pals w our young fascist Mr Cawthorn who is another shameful example of who NC is.

She needs some visitors at her door with the silver bracelets in hand. HOW? Did no one vet these claims. 😲 Now she can shop for which prison she will be pent up in. Vern Buchanan took between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000 even though he’s one of the wealthiest members of Congress and markets himself as a “warrior against socialism”

Thank you for the honorable men and women keeping us honest and free. That loan could have gone to someone actually in need who might have missed a rent payment furthering the domino effect of financial loss or missed out on buying food and keeping themselves warm. Fuck fraud. Omfg Gosh I have a small business that helps veterans apply for benefits and I am being put through hell to get funding, I have been working for free to help veterans get benefits, so unfair

“Smart lady...” There should’ve been some way they could check out people like this before throwing the money out. I know of several right now who work for their self, that are working full time lying to even draw unemployment. She threw away her life for a few moments of good shopping. Idiot. Yet lawmakers think $15 min wage and $1400 relief checks are too much.

Wow... I cant even get them to give me the 600 dollar relief that I am eligible for. 🙁 Hopefully she’ll get the 30 year sentence That’s disgusting. Throw the book at her and make an example out of her. Time for her to learn there’s bigger things in life than her little shopping trips. 🤬 Capitalism Was it LaraLeaTrump ? Sounds on brand...

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