Bakersfield dentist admits spending $500K from COVID-19 relief fund for personal use | News

A Bakersfield dentist who pleaded guilty Monday to stealing half a million dollars in COVID-19 relief money from the federal government has agreed to pay back the full amount, according to federal prosecutors.

Ranjan Rajbanshi, 46, who also has offices in Santa Barbara, received more than $850,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Small Business Administration, the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District reported. Rajbanshi indicated the funds would go for business purposes, but instead he used it for personal expenditures, a news release added.

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