Miami Church Pastor Sentenced to 48 Months in Federal Prison for Defrauding Paycheck Protection Program
MIAMI – A West Palm Beach federal district judge has sentenced 34-year-old fraudster Elizabeth Genna Suarez (formerly known as “Elizabeth Mirson Suit”) to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release. The sentence comes after a jury’s verdict finding Suarez guilty of wire fraud and the trial judge’s later ruling that Suarez had lied on the stand and submitted fake character letters to the court.
From August 2018 to November 2019, Suarez executed a scheme to defraud Piper’s Angels Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with cystic fibrosis and their families. During that time, Suarez was married to the foundation’s executive director and used her access to the foundation money to divert it to herself. For example, Suarez used her copy of the foundation’s corporate credit card in July 2019 to make an $8,000 deposit on a cosmetic surgical procedure, pay $1,680 for a cosmetic laser procedure, and spend $800 on a necklace.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.
FBI Miami investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Chase prosecuted it. Assistant U.S. Attorney G. Raemy Charest-Turken is handling asset forfeiture.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case number 22-cr-80185.
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