Criminals Disappear With Over 20 Million Dollars

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Will they get away?

A couple from California are on the run after they illegally took more than $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds and police are unable to find them.

According to the New York Post, Richard Ayvazyan, 43, and his wife Marietta Terabelian, 37, are nowhere to be found after they defrauded the government for millions of dollars. Ayvazyan has been sentenced to 17 years in prison while his wife had received 6 years. The state has charged them with conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering.

Police told media outlets that the couple cut off their tracking bracelets on Aug. 29th and have yet to be found.

US District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said that he has never seen a fraud case be handled in such a “callous, intentional way without any regard for the law.”

Ayvazyan’s brother, Artur, has also been given 5 years behind bars as well.

Currently the FBI has a $20,000 reward for anyone who can provide information about the whereabouts of of Mr. Ayvazyan and his wife.