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Man Gets 3 Years In Prison For Pokemon Fraud

Around four months ago, we wrote about how the federal government is prosecuting a man in Georgia for using COVID relief funds to purchase Pokemon cards. When we originally wrote that article, many details about the case were still unclear. More importantly, we wanted to know exactly what card he was risking prison-time for.

Lucky for us, a press release from the Department of Justice spilled all the juicy details. The 31 year old man plead guilty and was sentenced to 36 months in prison. Furthermore, the man will have to repay the entirety of the $85,000 COVID loan while also paying an additional $10,000 as a fine.

Vinath Oudomsine Sentenced To Prison For Using COVID Funds To Buy Pokemon Cards

The documents revealed that the man spent precisely $57,789 of the relief funds to purchase a graded first-edition Charizard. Investigators traced the card back to a listing from the PWCC marketplace. The card, which holds a 9.5 Gem Mint rating from Beckett, sold right around the same time prosecutors claim he had made the purchase.

The First Edition Charizard That Was Purchased With COVID Relief Funds

All of this excitement begs the question: is three years of prison really worth a Charizard with that crappy centering? I’ll let you guys be the judge.

What do you think?

Written by Michael

Opinions are my own. I enjoy writing about the good and the bad of the trading card game industry. If there is a factual error in one of my articles, please email me the omitted information and I'll gladly make revisions. In my personal life, I participate in an amateur polo league and occasionally put around in a Cessna 172

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