MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area pizza entrepreneur was sentenced to greater than two years in jail Tuesday for committing fraud whereas searching for greater than $900,000 in government-backed loans through the coronavirus pandemic.
Mike Bischoff acquired roughly $594,000 from lenders, the federal government alleged. He was accused of giving false details about his payroll and the variety of workers and making different misrepresentations.
“A defendant prepared to benefit from a program designed and meant to assist preserve our financial system afloat throughout a pandemic is richly deserving of a critical punishment,” prosecutors stated in a court docket submitting.
Bischoff, the co-founder of Passport Pizza in Macomb County, was sentenced to 32 months in jail; the federal government had really helpful 41 months.
Protection lawyer James Thomas acknowledged that Bischoff “cheated” throughout a nerve-racking interval for his enterprise and in his private life. He stated the cash has been repaid.
“His capacity to draw potential buyers or companions once more may also be hindered by his felony conviction, his disgrace and the publicity surrounding this case,” Thomas stated in arguing for a brief sentence.
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