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Pa. man accused of illegally obtaining $16K in COVID-19 relief funds

WILLIAMSPORT – A Union County man has been accused of illegally receiving more than $16,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.

Todd M. Bubnis, 50, of Mifflinburg, was charged Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court with wire fraud. A signed plea agreement was filed simultaneously.

Bubnis is accused of claiming he was unemployed and receiving no income but was employed by Ritz-Craft Corp. in Mifflinburg when he filed his first application.

Between Feb. 12 and Sept. 2, 2020, he received $11,040 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds and $5,287 in Railroad Retirement Board Unemployment Insurance Act, the charge alleges.

To be eligible for the funds an individual had to be unemployed for reasons related to COVID-19 and be available to work.

The criminal information does not state why Bubnis was approved as an unemployed railroad worker. He is accused of submitting 13 false claims.

Terms of the plea agreement include repayment of the full $16,327. The maximum prison sentence for the crime is 20 years.

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