Former Olympic Skater Alison Braver Charged With Falsely Obtaining Covid-19 Funds For Elijah Woods Film
Alison Braver, a former Team U.S.A. Olympic short track speed skater, has reportedly been charged in Utah with fraudulent charges of $10 million in COVID-19 relief to finance Elijah Wood film, No Man of God.
A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City indicted Baver on nine counts of fraud on December 15, for claiming her company, Allison Baver Entertainment, had over 400 employees and a monthly $4 million payroll to qualify in a Paycheck Protection Program application, a pandemic loan program providing aid for certain business and expenses.
Court files show Baver filed several applications in April 2020 for the loans for the entertainment company, but prosecutors said Allison Baver Entertainment had no employees and no monthly payroll.
Before entering the entertainment industry Baver was a two-time Olympic Games Winter Champion. She has not yet entered a plea. She’s scheduled to be arraigned on January 18. A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney for Utah said that if convicted for the crime, the former Olympian could face up tp 30 years in prison on bank fraud counts and 10 years on a money laundering count.
Baver is listed as a producer on No Man of God, a crime drama that chronicles serial killer Ted Bundy’s (played by Luke Kirby) perplexing relationship with FBI agent Bill Hagmaier (Wood). The film, was produced by Wood’s production company SpectreVision.
The drama focuses on how Hagmaier was able to create a relationship with the serial killer and get him to confess to his crimes while on Death Row.
“The film is really comprised of a series of conversations and those conversations are lifted in part from real conversations and then recollections from Bill of these conversations,” Woods told Entertainment Tonight.