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Portland Man Sentenced For Stealing COVID Relief Funds

(Portland, OR) -- A Portland man is headed to federal prison for stealing COVID relief funds that were intended to help small businesses during the pandemic. Prosecutors say between May of 2020 and April of 2021, 35-year-old Eric Lysne falsely obtained more than 360-thousand dollars in Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration and various financial institutions. Last fall, he pleaded guilty to bank fraud and wire fraud. Wednesday, he was sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

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