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Feds sentence Hilo man for COVID fraud scam

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A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Hilo man to 42 months in prison for a COVID-19 fraud scam.

Chief U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson handed down the prison term to 47-year-old Carey Mills.

Mills pleaded guilty in May to a single count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the federal government of program funds intended for COVID-19-related relief.

Watson also imposed a five-year term of supervised release, the federal equivalent of probation, and ordered Mills to pay restitution to the Small Business Administration in the amount of $937,575.

According to court documents and information presented in court, from May to August 2020, Mills submitted multiple applications for Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds on behalf of three businesses under his control — Kanaka Maoli Hookupu Center, New Way Horizon Travel and Uilani Kawailehua Foundation —…

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