Florida woman received $ 3.4 million COVID grant she never applied for

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A Florida gas station worker said she received a $ 3.4 million COVID relief check that she never requested and never requested received.

Holly Hill resident Amy Williams said she was amazed her name and an outdated address ended up in the federal database, indicating that she had received millions of COVID restaurant revitalization funds for a catering business. Williams never asked for funds, never received money, and never worked in the restaurant business.

Of the 31 Daytona Beach businesses that received the COVID relief funds, Williams leads the way, allegedly receiving the biggest check for a restaurant business it doesn’t have, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

And she hasn’t lived at the address on the check for about eight years, she said.

The area’s next highest check was awarded to a beachfront nightlife spot for nearly $ 560,000, the newspaper reported.

Williams’ husband works as a cook in a restaurant, but that is their only connection to the food industry. And this restaurant has not received any relief funds either.

“I don’t have any money,” Williams said. “I would really like to know how it went.”

The 44-year-old had been unemployed for three years while battling breast cancer and recently started working at a gas station. She and her husband live with their three children in a modest apartment.

The Small Business Administration declined to comment on the flawed check, saying its office of the inspector general and the agency’s federal partners are working diligently to resolve incidents of fraud.

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