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Man Spends Relief Loan on $58K Pokemon Card

November 08, 2021 Eric Sorensen
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Man Spends Relief Loan on $58K Pokemon Card
Show Notes

Another day, another story about pandemic relief fund fraud… except this one has a unique twist.

A Georgia man has been accused of fraudulently obtaining $85,000 in relief funds for an unnamed business that prosecutors say he misrepresented -- inflating its size and number of employees in his application.

You can guess then, probably, that the man -- Vinath Oudomsine  -- didn’t use the money as intended once he received it. And boy didn’t he.

Prosecutors are alleging  blew more than two-thirds of the money he received -- or, $58,000 -- on a single Pokemon card.

For those of you not familiar, Pokemon is a Nintendo video game character whose brand has expanded into an Anime series, films and a widely popular trading card game. In fact, the card game has become the most well-known trading game ever, with more than 34 billion cards sold, some of the rarest netting high sales prices.