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Gastonia Woman Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud For COVID-19 Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
The Defendant Used Relief Funds to Pay for Plastic Surgery and Trade in Foreign Currency

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Gastonia, N.C., woman pleaded guilty today to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining $125,317 in COVID-19 pandemic relief loans, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Kelly Bree Mosley, 48, entered her guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in North Carolina joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to plea documents and today’s court hearing, between May 2020, and April 2021, Mosley used false information to apply for loans from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). To obtain the loans, Mosley submitted applications on behalf of fictitious event planning businesses and in her own name that contained materially false information, including gross revenues, payroll expenses, number of employees, and operational costs and expenditures. Each time Mosley submitted an application, she certified under the penalty of perjury that the information was true and correct, and that Mosley would use the funds as directed by the EIDL and PPP programs. Based on the fraudulent applications, Mosley received approximately $125,317 in COVID-19 relief funds. Contrary to her claims, Mosley used the funds from the PPP and EIDL programs to pay her personal bills, invest in foreign currency, and to pay for plastic surgery, such as liposuction.

Mosley is currently released on bond. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine Mosley’s sentence at a later time, after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Warren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.

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 (NCDF) Hotline at 866‑720‑5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at

Updated March 29, 2024

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