United States v. Brandon Lewis (Lewis Revenue Group, LLC.)
Court Docket No.: 20-CR-336 (M.D. North Carolina)
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, L. Richardson Preyer Courthouse, 324 W. Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.
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Lewis pleaded guilty to a criminal information on August 31, 2020 charging two counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements.
Next Proceeding: The deadline for the final order of restitution in the Lewis matter has been set for June 21, 2021.
Overview: Brandon Lewis, 34, of Greensboro, North Carolina, was charged in a criminal information, filed on August 31, 2020, in the Middle District of North Carolina, with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements. The charges stem from the defendant’s role in perpetrating three schemes between March and July 2020 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, through which he defrauded small business owners, consumers, and the federal government. During this time, Lewis defrauded small business owners of more than $100,000 by promising “guaranteed funds” in exchange for an upfront “reservation” fee. In reality, Lewis never had or distributed any funds through either of the fraudulent “relief funds” he claimed to have established. In addition, Lewis created a fake online store, “Home Kitchen Goods,” that claimed to sell pandemic-critical goods such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper. Between March 20 and March 24, 2020, Lewis received over 8,500 orders totaling more than $400,000. However, Lewis never had or delivered any of the promised goods. Finally, Lewis admitted that between April 1 and June 19, 2020 he lied to the SBA by fraudulently applying for and obtaining multiple loans and advances under the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. To support these applications, Lewis falsely certified to the SBA, among other things, that he had twelve employees and gross revenues for the 12-month period preceding the disaster of around $25,000, which he did not. Lewis received approximately $35,000 from the SBA before additional fund disbursements were blocked by federal law enforcement.
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