Irmo ex-lawyer sentenced to 18 months for more than $1.5M in COVID-19 relief fraud | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A former lawyer from Irmo was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was convicted of defrauding two federal COVID-19 relief funds for at least $1.5 million.

Ray Lord was sentenced March 14 in U.S. District Court in Columbia for submitting fraudulent information about at least three Midlands businesses he operated plus two parcels of farmland, claiming hugely outsized relief checks.

All the money has been refunded to the government, U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis noted. In addition to the prison time, she fined Lord $100,000.


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Lewis rejected arguments from Lord’s attorneys that probation would be sufficient punishment, citing the large amount of money involved and the need to show that defrauding the COVID-19 relief program comes with consequences.

“It will be a sign that you cannot do this,” Lewis said.

Lord, a former sheriff’s deputy in Richland County who agreed to plead guilty, apologized for his actions.

“I hurt innocent people who trusted me,” Lord said in court. “I have no excuse for my conduct.”

Lewis did sentence Lord to less time than what federal guidelines for the single count of wire fraud call for, which would have been 51 to 63 months in prison.

She noted Lord has been upfront since being confronted by federal Secret Service agents about the fraud and that the money was repaid. In addition to protecting government VIPs, the Secret Service investigates bank and wire fraud.


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According to the federal indictment, Lord illegally received the money from two federal loan programs under the CARES Act, which sought to cushion businesses from the worst effects of COVID-19 lockdowns and economic downturn.

Lord in 2020 and 2021 submitted fraudulent loan claims on behalf of his law firm, a business he owned called Palmetto Safety Supply and

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Sadie Frost, 57, talks midlife as she ‘moves on’ from Primrose Hill set with ex Jude Law | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Sadie Frost, 57, has opened up on how much life has changed for her after embracing her fifties. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, ahead of appearing at the Postcards from Midlife Live festival in May, the Quant filmmaker insisted the members of the iconic Primrose Hill set have all “moved on” with their lives.

Sadie led the showbiz group of the ‘90s alongside supermodel pal Kate Moss, 49, which comprised of her ex-husband Jude Law, 50, the Gallagher brothers, Pearl Lowe, 52, and Rosemary Ferguson, 48.

The stars were known for their notoriously hedonistic lifestyles, and made headlines for their partying antics in one of the capital city’s most opulent postcodes.

However, Sadie believes the fascination with the celebrity clan has diminished over time.

The star, who is currently in the process of directing a documentary about British model Twiggy, 73, said: “It’s such a long time ago. 

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Sadie, who is hoping to direct her first feature film soon, explained she “doesn’t have time” to look back on her infamous partying days.

She added of reminiscing on the past: “For me, right now, I don’t have time to, you know…

“I’m concentrating on things like Postcards from Midlife, and also the Twiggy story.”

Sadie shares three children with The Holiday actor Jude; Iris, 22, Rafferty, 26, and Rudy, 20.

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The actress is also mother to her eldest son Finlay, 32, from her romance with ex Gary Kemp, 63.

Sadie and Jude split in 2003, with the mum-of-four citing her severe postnatal depression

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How the second law of thermodynamics assists the study of the brain

The second law of thermodynamics assists the study of the brain

The key idea of ​​thermodynamics is used to extract the arrow of time in brain signals to capture the level of interaction between the brain and the environment. Credits: Communications Biology (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03505-7

Albert Einstein explained the following in his Autobiographical Notes of 1949: “A theory is more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different things it relates, and the more expanded its area of ​​applicability. Therefore the deep impression that classical thermodynamics made upon me. It is the only physical theory of universal content which I am convinced will never be overthrown, within the framework of applicability of its basic concepts.”

The principles of thermodynamics are applicable to any system. From the understanding of engines, chemical reactions, the expansion of the universe or black holes, to the study of brain states

Researchers at UPF’s Computational Neuroscience Group at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC), in collaboration with universities in Argentina, Australia, China, Europe and the United Kingdom, have recently published a study in which they show how the second law of thermodynamics has helped them understand and generate a robust biomarker to distinguish brain states.

“For many years, our group has been studying how the dynamics of the brain change in different states, for example, between sleep and wakefulness and active cognitive activity, or during a coma, or in patients with neurological diseases,” explains Gustavo Deco, group director and ICREA researcher. “The underlying idea is that the brain works like an orchestra, with a conductor and section leaders (violins, wind, strings, etc.) and depending on our status, these hierarchies change and transform, and this is when we manage to distinguish things . A hierarchical system is where there are one or more zones that take

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