Former NFL receiver sentenced to jail for COVID-19 relief fraud program

This is a 2016 photo of Joshua Bellamy of the Chicago Bears NFL football team. This image reflects the active Chicago Bears roster as of Monday, June 13, 2016, the date this image was taken. (AP Photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Former NFL wide receiver Joshua Bellamy has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraudulently receiving coronavirus relief loans, the US Department of Justice said on Friday.

Bellamy, 31, is said to have obtained a $ 1.2 million PPP loan for his company, “Drip Entertainment” and used the money to buy more than $ 104,000 in luxury goods. According to the report, Bellamy spent more than $ 60,000 on the loan at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida.

Bellamy is also said to have applied for PPP loans on behalf of his family and close associates. The Justice Department said Bellamy admitted paying more than $ 311,000 to alleged co-conspirator James Stote as a bribe for his assistance in preparing and submitting the loan application fraudulent.

In addition to his 37-month prison term, Bellamy was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $ 2,493,130 in restitution and forfeiture.

Bellamy is from St. Petersburg, Fla., Who performed at Boca Ciega High School. He was recently cut by the New York Jets in 2020. The wide receiver spent five seasons with the Chicago Bears and one season each with the Washington soccer team and the Kansas City Chiefs after playing for the. University of Louisville.

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