There have been a lot of scams since 2020 involving Covid-19, but this is probably one of the biggest.

KHOU is reporting that Arael Doolittle has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in July.

The Houston man was convicted of trying to scam the Australian government out of $317 million by selling N95 masks he didn't actually have.

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The N95 Mask Scam

Federal investigators say Doolittle offered Australian officials 50 million 3M N95 respirator masks in April 2020.

However, he did not have any masks in his possession.

Before the government handed over the money, the feds were able to stop the fraud.

Who is Arael Doolittle?

Doolittle is a self-proclaimed Texan oil executive also known as 'Big Daddy', according to the Daily Mail, a British news website.

This case isn't his first scam by any stretch of the imagination.

Prior to the mask fraud, Doolittle also scammed victims who invested in a petroleum trading company out of almost $2 million. Instead of investing their money as promised, Doolittle used it to pay for unrelated business and personal expenses.

In that case, Doolittle was sentenced to 54 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

He must serve the two sentences consecutively, resulting in a total of 108 months in prison.

How to Report Covid-19 Related Fraud

If you have any information about attempted fraud involving COVID-19, you can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at the center's toll-free number: 866-720-5721.

You can also submit information online through the NCDF Web Complaint Form.

 

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.

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Only 6 Women Are On Death Row In Texas. Here's A Look At Their Crimes.

**This story has been updated to reflect the current status of Melissa Lucio, who is scheduled to be executed on April 27th, 2022.**


Texas has the most active death chamber nationwide.

Currently, four inmates are scheduled for execution in 2022, including Melissa Lucio. She is the only woman on the current schedule.

The six women on death row in Gatesville, Texas have been incarcerated an average of almost two decades. Continue scrolling to see their stories.