The Oklahoman

Couple convicted in COVID-19 relief scam now on the run


LOS ANGELES – A couple who were convicted of helping steal $18 million in COVID-19 relief funds are on the lam after cutting off their ankle monitors, the FBI said. Richard Ayvazyan, 43, and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, 37, are considered fugitives, an FBI tweet said Tuesday. The couple, Ayvazyan’s brother and another man were convicted in June of scheming to submit phony loan applicatio­ns for federal COVID-19 business relief funds. They were scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4 and were potentiall­y facing decades in federal prison.

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