“Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”: Man Faces 20 Years In Jail For Using Relief Fund To Buy A Pokemon Card

If you thought you were a huge Pokemon fan, wait til you hear about this guy.

Would you risk being charged with using a Covid-19 pandemic relief loan to buy a Pokemon card for US$57,000 (RM236,464)? Vinath Oudomsine just had to catch ’em all.

Source: Celeb Hook

Vinath was charged with lying about the number of people his business employed and the company’s gross revenue on an application for a pandemic economic relief loan. He currently faces one count of wire fraud.

According to Malay Mail, prosecutors said the man had received US$85,000 (RM352,622) in August last year, and used US$57,789 (RM239,737) to buy the Pokemon card in January.

For those who don’t know, rare Pokemon cards can cost up to thousands of dollars and fanatics gather these collectible items to bid up prices for trading cards, video games and other mementos.

Vinath claimed he was the sole owner of a business that brought in US$235,000 (RM974,897) in a 12-month span and had 10 employees.

The Georgia man was given the loan on August 4, 2020 and bought the card five months later on or around January 8.

Vinath faces up to 20 years in prison and US$250,000 (RM1,037,125) in fines if convicted.

Now begs the question; which card was it? Unfortunately, the US federal government didn’t say in the initial court filing and the attorney representing Oudomsine declined to comment.

Was it worth it? That card better have been the Pikachu Illustrator Promo Card..