A former Olympic figure skater for Slovenia defrauded the US out of more than $1.5 million intended for struggling businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, federal prosecutors alleged.
Luka Klasinc, a 48-year-old Slovenian national who competed in the 1992 men’s single event in Albertville, France, was arrested Monday on bank fraud and aggravated identity theft charges for allegedly using falsified documents to obtain $1,595,800 in aid for his event management company.
The company, BOB77, operates “ice amusement parks” in Poland, Germany and Slovenia.
“As alleged, at a time when US small businesses were struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Klasinc thought he could scam his way to easy money,” Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement Tuesday.
“As alleged, Klasinc used false documents to try and obtain over a million dollars in funds intended to help hard-working Americans, but thanks to the diligence of the FBI, his plans have been put on ice.”
A criminal complaint states Klasinc