Sentencing in local PPP fraud case delayed to March

The FBI blocked access to two buildings on the 600 block of Main Street in Safford in September as part of an ongoing investigation into PPP loan fraud. - Contributed Photo

TUCSON — Sentencing for one of the Gila Valley men who pleaded guilty to seeking fraudulent PPP loans has been delayed a month.

Sentencing for Samuel Fiedler was originally set for Feb. 11 in U.S. District Court in Tucson, but has been moved to March 11. Sentencing for Austin VanScoyck was moved from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12.

Between March and August 2020, the pair submitted applications for Payment Protection Program loans for four entities — Bright Edge, Yellow Turtle, Aston Homes and Grand American — falsely claiming between 36 and 171 employees. Loans totaling $1.2 million were issued for Bright Edge and Aston Homes.

The fraud was discovered and investigated by the FBI in September.

VanScoyck and Fiedler both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a fine of up to $250,000 and a prison term of up to five years or both, and up to three years supervised release.