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Washington, D.C. Man Sentenced to Over Four Years in Federal Prison for Two Separate Fraud Schemes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang sentenced Dion Rashaan Foxworth, age 42, of Washington, D.C., to 51 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for wire fraud related to an investment fraud scheme and bank fraud related to a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan.  Judge Chuang also ordered Foxworth to pay restitution of $882,908.66.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

According to his plea agreement, from November 2016 through at least August 2020, Foxworth solicited and received at least $863,901 from investors to invest in foreign currency exchange (“FOREX”). Foxworth admitted that instead of investing the funds in FOREX, as represented to investors, Foxworth converted the funds to his personal use, including credit card expenses, travel expenses, and rent.  Foxworth caused losses to at least 25 investors totaling at least $832,408.66.

In addition, Foxworth admitting that he fraudulently obtained a PPP loan, which was part of the assistance authorized to assist small businesses with job retention and other expensed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On February 19, 2021, Foxworth applied for a PPP loan for his company, inflating the company’s average monthly payroll and providing a false 2019 Form 1040 Schedule C showing profits and losses for the business.  In fact, Foxworth did not file a tax return for the company in 2019.  As a result of his false statements, Foxworth obtained a PPP loan of $50,000.  Instead of using the funds for permissible expenses, such as payroll costs and operational expenses, Foxworth used the PPP funds for daily living and travel expenses while he was abroad in South.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the FBI for its work in the investigation.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys G. Michael Morgan, Jr., and Coreen Mao, who prosecuted the federal case.

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Marcia Lubin
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Updated September 8, 2023

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