Luka Klasinc Wiki – Luka Klasinc Bio
Luka Klasinc is a former Olympian who has been charged with defrauding the Small Business Administration over a pandemic loan.
Klasing, a Slovenian figure skater, competed in the men’s singles event at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He finished 26th in the short program and did not advance to the free skate. He was the national champion for three consecutive years, from 1990 to 1992.
He is 48 years old.
Accused of Fraudulently
More recently, he has owned BOB77, an event management company that stages ice-themed amusement parks worldwide, including Fun Park in Warsaw, Poland; Ice Fun Park in Dusseldorf, Germany; and the Winter Classic in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Beginning last July, Klasinc’s company received more than $1.5 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
According to the criminal complaint, when accounts that controlled the money started making suspicious wire transfers, Klasinc’s bank froze the funds.
In an attempt to get the funds released, Klasinc wrote an email imploring the bank to “sincerely please, activate my account immediately,” the complaint said.
The email included a letter on SBA letterhead dated Oct. 1, 2020, which purported to “verify” that the sum of $1,999,000 was payable to “Luka Klasinc of BOB77 LLC,” as “payment for property investment only” and not as a “loan of any sort,” the complaint said.
Federal prosecutors said they knew the letter was fake when they talked to the SBA employee whose signature appeared on it.
Klasinc was arrested Monday in Manhattan and was expected to appear in federal court Tuesday, federal prosecutors said.
Strauss said he attempted to illegally secure the loans while businesses across the country fought to survive during the coronavirus crisis.
“As alleged, at a time when U.S. small businesses were struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Klasinc thought he could scam his way to easy money,” Strauss said. “Thanks to the diligence of the FBI, his plans have been put on ice. He will now be held accountable for his alleged brazen lies.”
His attorney, Marisa Cabrera, did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment on Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, Klasinc is the sole owner of BOB77, LLC.
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in the statement that federal authorities take alleged abuse of the national program very seriously.
“Loans issued on behalf of the SBA were intended to provide relief for businesses struggling during the pandemic,” he said. “Time and again we see instances of fraud and abuse of this program. We will investigate all instances of alleged SBA loan fraud.”