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Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, German police are investigating new cases of the so-called "Havana Syndrome" at the U.S. embassy in Berlin. The incidents are suspected to be the work of Russian intelligence

Meanwhile, the economy added just 194,000 jobs in September according to the Labor Department. It was the smallest gain of the year.

Finally, the first people charged with defrauding the infamous Paycheck Protection Program have been sentenced.

David Adler Staveley, 54, of Andover, Massachusetts, faked his suicide to evade arrest after prosecutors said he tried to scam the government out of $543,000 in coronavirus relief funds.

Staveley and his co-conspirator David Andrew Butziger falsely claimed they owned four businesses, including three restaurants, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.

The two men applied for the Paycheck Protection Program through a Rhode Island bank and falsely claimed their businesses had "large monthly payrolls," officials said.

Staveley and Butziger sought more than $438,000 for the restaurants and just over $105,000 for another company called Dock Wireless.

"In fact, they did not own the businesses," prosecutors said.

One down. Many thousands to go.

Have a good weekend.