SEATTLE (AP) – A Washington state tech executive has been sentenced to two years in prison after fraudulently obtaining nearly $1.8 million in federal COVID-19 disaster relief loans.
Mukund Mohan, of Clyde Hill, was making more than $200,000 a year as the chief of technology for the Canadian e-commerce company BuildDirect when he was arrested in July 2020.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle says he submitted eight fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loans seeking $5.5 million for companies he purportedly ran, and he actually received almost $1.8 million.
Mohan’s attorneys sought a six-month sentence.
They say his actions were such an aberration for him that he fainted when federal agents knocked on his door.