A Rhode Island man awaiting sentencing for defrauding the federal government in a PPP mortgage scheme allegedly posed as a lawyer to rip-off inmates, then took their cash to gamble and purchase marijuana.
Prosecutors allege that Michael C. Moller, 42, who was simply sentenced to almost seven years in jail earlier this week for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), continued to have interaction in legal actions even whereas locked behind bars for his PPP fraud scheme.
In accordance to the court docket submitting, two different inmates on the Wyatt Detention Heart reported Moller to the FBI, claiming he “defrauded them into giving him thousands of dollars in cash as payment to a purported lawyer who would assist them in their criminal and immigration cases.”
Moller allegedly posed as a lawyer named “Sam” in telephone calls together with his fellow inmates. One inmate claimed that Moller acquired his hopes up by telling him that he had posted bail for him.
The defrauded inmates declare they paid Moller’s girlfriend for their authorized charges as directed by having household or mates pay her on their behalf. One inmate’s spouse paid her $5,000, and the opposite had a buddy switch $12,000 to her.
Prosecutors stated they uncovered that the cash was truly spent on “marijuana, gambling, and on Moller’s commissary account.”
Moller acknowledged the scheme he pulled on the inmates and agreed to have it influence his sentencing within the PPP fraud case in trade for no separate prices being filed.
Prosecutors requested the court docket to give Moller a sentence of up to 99 months in jail, citing that his habits whereas in federal lockup “demonstrates that Moller is simply incapable of stopping himself from defrauding others.”