• Prosecutors say Michael Moller posed as a lawyer to steal money from fellow inmates in Rhode Island.

  • Moller perpetrated this scheme while awaiting sentencing for defrauding the government out of $699,251 in PPP loans.

  • Prosecutors say Moller’s actions in jail show he’s “incapable of stopping himself from defrauding others.”

Prosecutors said a Rhode Island man posed as a lawyer to steal money from fellow inmates while he awaited sentencing for defrauding the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal coronavirus relief loans.

Michael C. Moller, 42, was sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was designed to loan money to businesses forced to temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic so that they could continue to pay their employees.

According to court documents viewed by Insider, Moller applied for PPP loans using the names of friends and relatives and created false business profiles. In total, Moller stole $699,251 from the program, which he spent on “trips to Las Vegas and New Hampshire, numerous trips to local casinos, the purchase of a Camaro automobile, the renovation of his residence, and online video gaming.” Additionally, Moller perpetrated this fraud while on supervised release for a prior armed robbery conviction.

Arguing that Moller should receive a lengthy sentence, prosecutors detailed in a September 27 court filing how he continued to engage in criminal activities even…

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