If you collect money for COVID relief, then spend that money on something else and get caught, well, you’re likely to be left feeling sick.
Daniela Rendon, 31, learned that the hard way, after feds say she spent $381,000 in COVID relief funds on cosmetic procedures and a luxury apartment. Oh, and a new Bentley. There may have also been some cosmetic surgery involved.
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Rendon is a real estate tycoon from Miami, using her influence to receive a massive sum from the Small Business Administration and Paycheck Protection Program. But she indicated it would be used to help with COVID.
And while lying is never good, you really, really want to do it when it comes to money from the government. Along with everything else, she reportedly used some of the cash to buy herself some designer shoes.
Hopefully, for her sake, she enjoyed all of those gifts to herself, given that she is now facing up to 20 years in prison. If we know anything about prison, we know that designer shoes are often replaced with flip-flops and shower shoes.
Worse, Rendon tricked her way into the $381,000 by allegedly falsifying documents about her real estate business to qualify. She has been accused of lying about her annual revenue, payroll, costs of products, IRS tax info, and number of employees. She reportedly submitted the phony documents to lenders in Idaho and New Jersey.
Her bond is currently set at $150,000, as prosecutors have determined she is a flight right.
“Rendon’s social media pages — most of which were set to private after her arrest — feature her cavorting in a variety of high-end settings in Miami and beyond,” the New York Post wrote.
Now, her social media pages may not be the only things that are locked up for a while.