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Colorado Physician Charged for Misappropriating Thousands from Three Different COVID Relief Programs

An indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Denver charging a Colorado man with stealing nearly $300,000 in government funds from three different COVID relief programs and with making false statements in connection with bankruptcy proceedings.

According to court documents, Francis F. Joseph, 56, of Highlands Ranch, allegedly transferred approximately $118,000 in COVID relief funding from a medical clinic’s account into his personal bank account, after which he spent the money on, among other things, travel and home improvements. The stolen funds came from two programs that were designed to aid medical providers during the COVID-19 pandemic — the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program and the Provider Relief Fund.


Action Details

  • Date:April 8, 2021
  • Agency:U.S. Department of Justice
  • Enforcement Types:
    • COVID-19,
    • Criminal and Civil Actions