Famous Atlanta prosecutor jailed for stealing $15M from COVID loans to buy luxury items

 June 10, 2024

After deceitfully securing almost $15 million in COVID relief loans, the former Atlanta assistant city attorney—who was also a podcaster offering life advice—was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The 62-year-old Shelitha Robertson splurged on a motorcycle, a Rolls Royce, and a ring with ten carats of diamonds using the illicitly obtained cash, as the Daily Mail reported.

The ex-cop had gotten her hands on the cash under the federal stimulus program known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was established in the wake of the pandemic.

Robertson, however, was still beaming just weeks before her incarceration when she made an appearance on her daughter's podcast, "Mommy & Me," where the two would offer life advice, including how to get money with "integrity" and hard work.

Going Rogue

Robertson disregarded her own counsel and attempted financial gain by lying to the COVID relief scheme, requesting loans under the pretense that she needed the money to keep four firms afloat.

Her claims in the loan paperwork were out of this world; she claimed to be the boss of four separate companies, each of which she claimed to employ 400 people. As a result, she was due millions of dollars in handouts.

Robarts wrongly asserted her responsibility for 427 employees, according to court records.

The large PPP loans she was able to secure were meant to help legitimate firms weather the pandemic, and her fictitious staff count was a key factor in this.

When asked how she would respond to the opportunity to gain a lot of money fast on an October episode of the podcast that Robertson co-hosted with her daughter Brii Renee, the question was posed as to whether she would prioritize integrity over poverty.

From the Accused

"I choose integrity and whatever else it brings. I don't choose selling your soul to the devil. Because that would mean I am willing to belittle myself and degrade myself for the love of what? Of a dollar," Robertson began, already understanding that the Department of Justice was already investigating her.

"How my kids view me and respect me, means more to me than earning a quick dollar for me to be something that I'm not," Robertson said, just weeks before she was hauled off to jail.

Robertson bought a 10-carat diamond ring and other expensive jewelry and cars, including the Rolls, using the millions of dollars she borrowed.

The Department of Justice also claimed that she wired money to Chandra Norton, another conspirator, and other relatives.

More Abuse

Without hesitation, the couple abused the system, including including fabricated tax returns with each loan application to support their exaggerated income claims.

Robertson was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison following her conviction by a jury for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. She will also be subject to three years of supervised release.

With Robertson's impending 70th birthday, her daughter Brii, an influencer with 600,000+ Instagram followers, will be without a podcast co-host.

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