NJ Man Sentenced for Orchestrating $2 Million COVID-19 Fraud Scheme
A man from Somerset County has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for orchestrating a $2 million COVID-19 fraud scheme.
U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger says 27-year-old Guaravjit "Raj" Singh of Montgomery, NJ, previously pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced in Trenton federal court on Wednesday.
From May 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singh engaged in a scheme to defraud and to enrich himself by fraudulently inducing 10 victims to send him over $2 million to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) and then stealing the money and not providing the PPE to the victims as promised.
Singh induced victims to enter into an agreement pursuant to which Singh would be paid approximately $7.1 million for approximately 1.5 million medical gowns, which ultimately were to be sourced to the city of New York amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The victims wired Singh, though his company GJS Solutions LLC, $712,500, representing a 10 percent initial deposit for the medical gowns. After receiving these funds from the victims, Singh made additional misrepresentations and excuses to the victims, ensuring them that they would receive the medical gowns.
Authorities say instead of purchasing and delivering medical gowns, Singh used the money for personal expenses.
In addition to the prison term, Singh was sentenced to three years of supervised release.