Couple vanish after stealing millions in Covid-19 relief funds; Leave goodbye note for their 3 kids

Couple vanish after stealing millions in Covid-19 relief funds; Leave goodbye note for their 3 kids



Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, were facing prison time for their role in a massive covid-19 relief fraud scheme when they cut off their electronic tracking bracelets and fled their California home, abandoning their three teenage children.


Not only did they flee their home but they left a note for their three kids aged 13, 15 and 16, the FBI has revealed.


"We will be together again one day," it read, according to Ayvazyan's attorney.


"This is not a goodbye but a brief break from each other."


The FBI has announced that they are still looking for the couple, 3 months after they ran away in August 2021.



Prosecutors said they and others carried out a scheme to steal more than $20 million in relief funds intended for small businesses during the pandemic.


The couple and Ayvazyan's brother, Artur Ayvazyan, 41, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering at a trial in June. Richard Ayvazyan and his brother were also convicted of aggravated identity theft.


According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, they used fake or stolen identities including the names of dead people and foreign exchange students who briefly visited the US years ago -- to submit fraudulent applications for approximately 150 federal pandemic relief loans for sham businesses in San Fernando Valley.Latest Post
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