(WNY News Now) – A federal grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old resident of Buffalo, NY, on charges of wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, and failure to surrender for the service of her sentence. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.
Buffalo, N.Y. – Keonna Davis, a Buffalo, New York resident, is facing a federal indictment for her involvement in wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, and a failure to surrender for the service of her sentence. These charges come with the potential for a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to the announcement made by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Franz M. Wright, who is overseeing the case, has revealed that Davis had previously been sentenced to serve 88 months in prison in August 2021 following her conviction on federal charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that between April 2020 and May 2021, while she was either facing charges or awaiting sentencing for the previous federal charges, Davis submitted applications for financial relief under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).
On these applications, Davis falsely represented her legal status, claiming that she was neither under indictment on criminal charges nor had she ever been convicted or pleaded guilty to any criminal charges. Had she provided truthful information, Davis would have been disqualified from receiving any EIDL or PPP loans. During this period, she submitted approximately 12 loan applications on behalf of businesses, including RayElle Boutique, Styles by Us, Styles by Keonna, Boudoir Boutique, Rayelle Hair Boutique, and KED Logistics. Five of these loan applications were approved, resulting in Davis receiving approximately $110,200.
Furthermore, Keonna Davis failed to report to the Federal Medical Center at Carswell Naval Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 10, 2021, as required, to commence her 88-month prison sentence related to her prior conviction.