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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 9, 2022

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For COVID-19 Relief Fraud, Bank Fraud, And Money Laundering

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for perpetrating a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration by fraudulently applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) of more than $100,000 using the name of his defunct business.

Kash King Fuller, aka Kenneth Calhoun Jr., 28, pleaded guilty in February 2022 to one count of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of money laundering. In addition to imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey sentenced Fuller to three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, in March 2018, Fuller formed Generic Labor, LLC, a purported construction contracting company, which he later closed in 2019. In June 2020, Fuller fraudulently obtained $102,400 after submitting a falsified application for an EIDL in the name of his defunct company. Despite having legally changed his name to “Kash King Fuller,” he used his former name, “Kenneth Calhoun,” when identifying the owner of the company. After receiving the EIDL, Fuller attempted to conceal the scheme by depositing the funds into his personal bank account in a series of structured cash deposits intended to avoid bank reporting requirements. Fuller used the fraudulently obtained funds to pay for personal expenses, including financial trades and gambling.

Additionally, from January 2018 to November 2020, Fuller obtained credit cards, unsecured loans, and other lines of credit from banks. Upon obtaining the credit, Fuller made cash withdrawals and incurred other charges which he did not intend to pay. In total, he intended a loss of at least $56,560 in fraudulent credit charges.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mina Chang prosecuted the case.

In May 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

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Topic(s): 
Coronavirus
Financial Fraud
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Updated May 9, 2022