NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A former Brooklyn man who ran an elaborate IRS tax return scheme and falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in COVID-relief funds pleaded guilty Tuesday to the scams, United States District Attorney Breon Peace announced.
Most recently a Georgia resident, Patrick Poux used the pandemic as a get-rich-quick scheme, applying for paycheck protection and economic injury disaster loans and grants totaling over $320,000 for himself and corporate entities he controlled, officials said.
Poux received about $183,000 in COVID-relief funds which he was not entitled to. He used the money for elaborate personal expenses like a life coach and a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree, authorities said.
Before stealing relief money, Poux operated an IRS scam, creating fake W-2s between 2016 and 2019. Using shell companies, Poux would provide people with W-2s which claimed they worked for…