The Tarzana couple, convicted of a $ 18 million pandemic bailout scam, have fled and are fugitives, the FBI said.


Los Angeles, CA-June 25: Richard (cq) Ayvazyan (cq) of Tarzana was convicted of conspiracy, money laundering and other federal crimes.  The COVID-19 pandemic will leave a federal court in downtown Los Angeles, California on Friday, June 25, 2021. Two Armenian immigrant brothers and their wives in the San Fernando Valley are an elaborate network of fake small businesses to secure emergency loans using stolen identities, forged salaries, and fake tax returns. Accused of stealing $ 18 million in the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund by creating.  (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Richard Ayvazyan of Tarzana will leave a federal court in downtown Los Angeles in June. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

According to the FBI, the Tarzana couple are fleeing from federal authorities after cutting off a surveillance bracelet and fleeing while waiting for a multi-million dollar theft decision at the Coronavirus Pandemic Relief Fund.

Richard Ibasian (43) and Marietta Terraberian (37) Convicted in June He colluded with his family to fraudulently secure at least $ 18 million in emergency relief.

They have created an elaborate web of fictitious San Fernando Valley businesses to secure loans under payroll protection and financial injury and disaster loan programs.

The FBI’s Los Angeles office said on Twitter that the two are now considered fugitives.

They were to be sentenced on October 4th.

“They have international as well as local ties, but we haven’t ruled out anything about where they fled,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Imirer. rice field.

She said federal officials believed she had fled Sunday afternoon from Tarzana’s $ 3.25 million home, which the couple bought with a stolen loan. They were convicted of plots to commit bank fraud, plots to launder money, and related crimes.

According to court records, the couple collected taxpayer relief money using a number of Los Angeles shell companies that were stolen, forged tax returns, and set up with fake salaries. I did.

By August 2020, the group had applied for 151 loans primarily to fake companies, some of which were named after real companies.

On June 25, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Ayvazyan, Terabelian and two relatives of a conspiracy to commit bank fraud, money laundering plots and related crimes. Four accomplices pleaded guilty the night before the trial.

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