Fraud Investigation

SoCal Man Accused of Using Coronavirus Relief Loans to Buy Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini

Prosecutors said the suspect submitted fraudulent PPP loan applications to three banks on behalf of four companies that didn't actually exist.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to charges he obtained $5 million in federal coronavirus-relief loans for phony businesses and then used the money for lavish vacations and to buy a Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini, prosecutors said Monday.

Mustafa Qadiri, 38, was arrested last week on suspicion of scheming to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program, which was implemented last year to help small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qadiri, of Irvine, pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple charges including bank fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Qadiri’s attorney, Bilal A. Essayli, declined further comment Monday.

Prosecutors said Qadiri submitted fraudulent PPP loan applications to three banks on behalf of four companies that didn’t actually exist — All American Lending, Inc., All American Capital Holdings, Inc., RadMediaLab, Inc., and Ad Blot, Inc, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. The applications included altered bank records, fake tax returns and false information about employees, according to the indictment.

Special agents with HSI Los Angeles’s El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force seize a Ferrari. Credit: US Immigration and Customs Enforcment

Qadiri also used someone else’s name, Social Security number and signature to fraudulently apply for one of the loans, prosecutors said.

He received $5 million in loans that investigators said he used to pay for trips, sports cars and personal expenses. PPP loans are designed to help qualifying small businesses and other organizations with payroll and other business expenses.

Federal agents have seized the Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini cars that Qadiri purchased, along with about $2 million from his bank accounts, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton scheduled a jury trial for June 29. Qadiri was released on $100,000 bond.

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