A recent president of the Broward County Democratic Black Caucus has pleaded guilty to defrauding the COVID-19 relief Paycheck Protection Program, which was created to help struggling businesses nationwide, by falsely claiming that that her political consulting company employed 18 people and spent an average of $120,000 monthly on payroll when, in fact, it had no employees or payroll expenses, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

Damara Holness, who is also the daughter of Dale Holness, who ran in the Nov. 2 election to serve as south Florida’s 20th district congressman, admitted in Fort Lauderdale federal court that she fraudulently obtained a $300,000 forgivable, federally-guaranteed PPP loan by making the false statements in an online loan application to a Georgia bank, and by using supporting fraudulent payroll tax forms.