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Olympic Skater from Slovenia Pleads Guilty To COVID Fraud of HSBC Which Frozen Funds

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SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, Jan 24 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a guilty plea was taken by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave from a Slovenian former figure skater, in the 1992 Olympics, who took $1.5 million in SBA COVID relief loans for a skating project.

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The defendant Luka Klasinc said that age got to him and he wanted a new project. At first he said that it was another person who applied for the loan from HBSC. Then, after the prosecutor spoke to the defense lawyer, a longer story: he conspired with one person, contributed to the fraudulent application, did it with a second person.

Without irony, as a skater, he said his funds got frozen. Then he lied to the FBI, "in a building near here," he said.

 The plea was accepted. The sentencing will be on May 21.

The case is US v. Klasinc, 21-cr-443 (Hellerstein / Cave)



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