The FBI is offering a reward of $ 20,000 for any information leading to the arrest of a couple who fled their home after being convicted of a multi-million dollar COVID-19 loan program.
Richard Ayvazyan, 42, and his wife Marietta Terabelian, 37, are believed to have cut their tracking bracelets and left their Tarzana residence on or around August 29, officials said. They have been charged by the federal government with violation of provisional release and an arrest warrant has been issued for them.
The couple and two additional co-defendants were convicted earlier this year for conspiring to fraudulently obtain various COVID-19 relief funds.
The group used fake, stolen or man-made identities to create and submit fraudulent claims to various COVID-19 relief programs, which they used as down payments on luxury homes in Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert. They also purchased various luxury items including jewelry, watches, handbags and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. They have received more than $ 18 million in relief funds, officials said.
The couple were awaiting their sentencing, set for September 13, when they fled. Authorities believe the couple are traveling together.
“We know they have local ties, ties to other cities, and even international ties,” said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office.