Dem attorney and former Atlanta police officer convicted in $7 MILLION Covid relief fraud case

Robertson reportedly used the money to buy a Rolls-Royce, a motorcycle, and even a $148,000 10-carat diamond ring, among other things.

Shelitha Robertson, an attorney and former Atlanta police officer who once ran for office as a Democrat to become a superior court judge, was found guilty by a federal jury in Georgia on Tuesday of fraudulently obtaining over $7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans.

According to prosecutors, Robertson used the money to buy a Rolls-Royce, a motorcycle, and even a $148,000 10-carat diamond ring, among other things. Robertson received PPP loans for her multiple companies even though only one was operational at the time, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She blamed her friend and attorney, Chandra Norton for the companies’ fraudulent 2020 PPP loan applications. Norton pleaded guilty in a separate prosecution.

The jury found Robertson guilty of three counts of wire fraud and single counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Following the verdict, Robertson was remanded into custody pending her sentencing, which is scheduled for April 11.

Federal prosecutor Ariel Glasner said Robertson had threatened to kill Norton when she was arrested, as well as another individual, and made the case that Robertson and Norton were best friends and partners in crime who worked together to get as much money in PPP loans as possible.

Though prosecutors showed that Robertson transferred $50,000 in PPP funding to her daughter, withdrew $25,000 of the funds in cash, and gave Norton $400,000, her lawyer claimed that she was the victim of Norton’s plan to use Robertson to enrich herself, adding that Norton was “financially desperate” and an “evil genius.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the two women ran companies that had been awarded multimillion-dollar water and sewer infrastructure contracts in Atlanta.

Norton previously pleaded guilty in 2020 to a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and, as part of the plea deal, cooperated with the federal government against Robertson.
Norton has been disbarred and is scheduled to be sentenced in January.
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