Five people, including three JetBlue employees, have been arrested for stealing over $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds.
On Thursday, authorities apprehended 39-year-old Orlando Sanay, 40-year-old Michael Pimentel Veloz, 20-year-old Fanny Plasencia, and 41-year-old twin brothers Keimi Nuñez and Keily Nuñez of Queens, New York. According to prosecutors, these five reportedly stole $1,006,000 by fraudulently applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
The Nuñez brothers and Sanay, from New Jersey, were employed by JetBlue when they applied for the loans. Between April and August of 2020, the defendants allegedly requested EIDL funds for eight separate companies. The men falsely stated the number of employees in the companies and lied about the year’s gross revenue before the pandemic.
On one application, Nunez and Sanay stated that Sanay was the owner and chief executive officer of “Sanay Venture Capital LLC.” They…