TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck. The U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa says 48-year-old Keith William Nicoletta pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to launder stolen COVID relief funds. Prosecutors say Nicoletta falsely claimed on a loan application last May that he had a scrap metal business with 69 employees and a monthly payroll of more than $760,000. Authorities say none of the money he received was used for payroll.
Sports Minister Mustapha Ahmed says he will take responsibility for the delay in paying the Black Stars winning bonus after thrashing Mauritius 7-1.The game played at the Accra Sports Stadium last month was the team’s first 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.According to the Sports Minister, the buck stops with him, assuring the players that the ministry is working around the clock to address the issue.“I will not blame anyone for the delay. If they said it’s the ministry’s fault, I have accepted the blame”, he told Patrick Osei Agyemang on Asempa FM’s Fire for Fire show.His deputy, Vincent Oppong Asamoah, had earlier blamed the GFA for submitting the team’s budget late. This according to him made it impossible for the ministry to process the cash on time.The GFA subsequently denied it, saying the budget was handed over on May 6, one clear month ahead of the qualifier. But Dr. Mustapha has called for calm between two institutions.“It’s very sad when you hear people criticize both the GFA and the Ministry for the delay in the payments. I believe next time things wouldn’t go this way,” he said. The ministry is expected to meet the GFA to discuss the recent feud, as well as other matters.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter @Joy997FM. Get more with the #JoySports hashtag on Facebook/Twitter.