BThe other halves of a Michigan couple were arrested Tuesday on separate finance-related charges.
The wife, Zeinab Makki, 59, was taken into custody for running a $10.6 million pharmacy fraud scheme, according to authorities.
The husband, Wahid Mohamed Makki, 59, is accused of using around $1 million in COVID-19 relief loans to buy a condo in Beirut, authorities found.
Zeinab Makki is facing a healthcare fraud case, according to a report.
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“[Zeinab] Makki was allegedly involved in a healthcare fraud scheme that stole millions of dollars over a number of years from a scheme designed to provide healthcare to those in need,” said Josh Hauxhurst, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit branch is. “The FBI is committed to working with our partners to stop these illegal acts and hold those perpetrators accountable.”
If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the report said.
Wahid Mohamed Makki is facing one count of money laundering and one count of wire fraud, and he is accused of using disaster economic damage loans to fund at least 10 shell companies, the report said.
“Economic damage catastrophe loans have played an important role in keeping many Michigan businesses afloat during the pandemic,” Hauxhurst said. “This defendant is said to have taken money from this program and used it to buy real estate abroad.”
He reportedly used the loans to purchase at least $1,082,600, which he then transferred to a Turkish bank via an international wire transfer.
The transfer was payment for a “sea view condo in Beirut, Lebanon,” according to court documents.
“My office remains committed to using all available federal resources, including criminal and civil remedies, to address and prevent fraud related to COVID-19,” said U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison.
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“We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to exploit the pandemic for personal gain, protect vulnerable populations and protect the integrity of taxpayer-funded programs,” she said.