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GA Man Was Serving Time For Drug Trafficking. Then He Got Caught Committing Pandemic Fraud

A Georgia man serving a federal prison sentence fraudulently obtained money from a pandemic relief program, officials say.

A judge sentenced Isaac Camon, 49, of Valdosta, to prison last week for taking advantage of the pandemic unemployment program while he served his sentence for unrelated drug trafficking and gun convictions in Florida.

“Camon clearly has no regard for the law, as he decided to defraud Georgia during a national emergency while he was still serving time for drug trafficking,” said Rich Bilson, supervisory senior resident of FBI Atlanta’s Valdosta office.

Camon was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III to serve three years in prison for wire fraud, plus three years in prison for revocation of his supervised release, for a total of six years. That term will be followed by three years of supervised release and Camon will not be eligible for parole.

“This lengthy sentence … will hopefully put an end to Camon’s career as a criminal,” Bilson said.

On June 16, 2020, Camon filed a fraudulent online claim for federal and state pandemic unemployment assistance with the Georgia Department of Labor, according to court documents.

Camon falsely asserted he worked for two companies during a period when he was actually serving a federal sentence in a prison, a halfway house or on home confinement. Camon never reported any work income for tax purposes and one of the companies Camon claimed to work for wasn’t in operation at the time he claimed to work for them.

Camon is being held accountable for an intended fraud loss of $19,452; the restitution amount payable to the Georgia Department of Labor is $16,322.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

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