Woman convicted of COVID scam ring flees prison sentence
A Los Angeles real estate agent is the third family member convicted in an $18 million COVID scam ring to flee his serving time, authorities said.
Tamara Dadyan, 42, was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison in December for stealing more than $18 million in emergency loans.
She was due to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 29 to begin her sentence — but she never showed up, CBSLA reported.
Dadyan, who was among eight people charged in the family fraud ring, was classified as a fugitive by the FBI.
The real estate agent pleaded guilty last year to her involvement in the COVID scam orchestrated by her brother-in-law, Richard Ayvazyan.
Ayvazyan, 42, and his wife Marietta Terabelian, 37, were both found guilty in June last year – but they too have fled sentencing.
The couple cut off their electronic tracking bracelets and left a goodbye note for their children before going on the run.
The FBI announced a $20,000 reward for any information that could lead to her arrest.
Ayvazyan was sentenced in absentia to 17 years in prison last year, while his wife was sentenced to six years.
The family fraud ring was responsible for stealing about $18 million in COVID loans by using bogus companies, the Justice Department said.
The money was used to purchase real estate, coins, diamonds, jewelry, designer handbags and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.