Hunter Vanpelt Covid Fraudster
Hunter Vanpelt

From on or about April 27, 2020 through on or about June 17, 2020, in the Northern District of Georgia and elsewhere, the Corkrum, aka Hunter Vanpelt a/k/a Hunter Lauren Vanpelt a/k/a Ellen Corkrum a/k/a Ellen Yabba Kwame Corkrum, knowingly executed and attempted to execute a scheme and artifice to defraud financial institutions, the deposits of which were then insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC), and to obtain, by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises sums of money, funds, credits, assets, securities and other property owned by and under the custody and control of those financial institutions, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344. For stealing more than $6 million in COVID relief money, a Georgia woman was sentenced to almost three and a half years in federal prison.

Prosecutors claimed VanPelt, who officially changed her identity from Ellen Corkrum in July 2016, owned or managed six businesses and lied about their average monthly payroll and staff numbers. Along with those applications, she also filed fake tax, bank, and payroll records.

COVID: Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program provides forgiving small company loans worth billions of dollars to Americans who are struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s part of the coronavirus relief package, which was signed into law by President Trump in 2020.

Covid: Paycheck Protection Program

About $2.1 million of the money she received has been recovered by the federal authorities.

In August, VanPelt entered a guilty plea. She was sentenced to three years and five months in jail on Tuesday, with five years of supervised release following. She was also sentenced to pay more than $7 million in reparations and forfeit more than $2 million, according to the judge.

Source: NYT