Man Tries to Scam Government Out of Millions, Fakes Suicide to Avoid Arrest

A Massachusetts man tried to scam the government out of half a million dollars and tried to get away with it by faking his own death.

Investigators say David Staveley and another man filed false claims for over $500 million in PPP loans, but were arrested after someone told the feds about the scam.

Staveley was able to cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and went on the run.

To add another level to his escape plan, he staged his own suicide attempt to throw investigators off his trail.

While his family mourned him, Staveley used fake IDs and stolen license plates to hide his identity, before he was finally arrested by U.S. Marshals in Georgia.

He was sentenced this week to four years in prison.

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