Ex-Pleasanton resident guilty of swiping COVID-19 relief funds

A former Pleasanton resident pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to stealing relief funds designed to help medical providers treat patients suffering from COVID-19, authorities said.

Javed Wahab, 53, admitted to theft of government property, resulting from his intentional misuse of funds distributed from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act Provider Relief Fund, according to a statement from US Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds of the Northern District of California.

According to court documents, Wahab admitted he owned Premier Home Health Care & Hospice, Inc., Carelink Hospice Services, Inc., and JW Healthcare, Inc. Each of those companies provided home health and hospice care in Alameda County and elsewhere, authorities said.

Together the three businesses received approximately $285,000 designated for the medical treatment and care of COVID-19 patients and to compensate medical providers for the cost of care. Wahab stole approximately $186,500 of it, authorities said.

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