The first person in the country charged with fraudulently seeking pandemic business loans was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison, according to authorities.David Adler Staveley, 54, of Andover, Massachusetts, faked his suicide to evade arrest after prosecutors said he tried to scam the government out of $543,000 in coronavirus relief funds.Staveley and his co-conspirator David Andrew Butziger falsely claimed they owned four businesses, including three restaurants, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.The two men applied for the Paycheck Protection Program through a Rhode Island bank and falsely claimed their businesses had “large monthly payrolls,” officials said.Staveley and Butziger sought more than $438,000 for the restaurants and just over $105,000 for another company called Dock Wireless.”In fact, they did not own the businesses,” prosecutors said.Court documents state that police in Berlin, Massachusetts, were tipped off to the scheme by a person who said they had access to emails between Staveley and Butziger discussing the process of applying for the PPP loans.The FBI was contacted, and federal investigators interviewed four people Butziger claimed were full-time employees at Dock Wireless. They all said they knew Butziger in their personal lives


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