SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Federal prosecutors say a Le Mars, Iowa, man stole government funds using a COVID-19 unemployment scheme.
This week, a judge sentenced 55-year-old Dennis Chinn to three months in federal prison.
Prosecutors say Chinn received the prison term after a 2020 guilty plea to theft of government funds.
In a plea agreement, Chinn admitted to falsely reporting his income, stating it was $150 per week, so he could get an additional $600 weekly payment. Chinn also admitted to fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 relief funds, to which he was not entitled.
In total, Chinn received more than $13,000 in COVID-19 pandemic CARES Act unemployment funds.