Florida Pastor and Son Allegedly Used COVID PPP Loans to Buy Luxury House Near Disney World

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Florida Pastor and Son Allegedly Used COVID PPP Loans to Buy Luxury House Near Disney World

A Florida-based Pastor and his son have been arrested for allegedly using PPP Loans received by the U.S. Government in a Ministry scam. In total, the Ministry run by Evan Edwards and his son, Josh, received $8.4 Million in relief funds after the pair applied for a $6 million loan and a monthly payroll loan for $2.7 million in PPP Loans. The filing claimed ASLAN International Ministry had 486 employees and required the funds for operation costs, rent, utilities, payroll, and more. 

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Both Evan and Josh Edwards were arrested at their residence in New Smyrna Beach, FL on Wednesday 12/14/22. The pair racked up 6 charges, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and visa fraud. 

Reportedly, Federal investigators had previously discovered shredded documents, “Faraday” bags filled with electronics, and suitcases with financial information in the vehicle after the family was arrested during a traffic stop back in September 2020 over immigration concerns, but were ultimately released.

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In April 2021, a Florida Judge ordered the Edwards to forfeit the $8.4 Million they had received, and though they did not challenge the order, they attempted to purchase a $3.7 Million mansion at Disney’s Golden Oaks community. Authorities seized the $868,000 down payment intended for the property preventing the sale.

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