Pizza shop owner accused of using PPP loan to buy alpaca farm, cars

A former Massachusetts pizza shop owner is accused of using illegally obtained federal coronavirus relief funds to buy an alpaca farm, federal prosecutors said.

Dana McIntyre, 57, who used to own Rasta Pasta Pizzeria in the city of Beverly, received a $600,000 loan by allegedly lying about his number of employees and falsifying an official tax form, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.

On his application for a Paycheck Protection Program loan, McIntyre allegedly said he employed about 50 people.

But prosecutors said that according to business records, the former owner has never had even 10 workers at a time.

Shortly after the funds arrived, McIntyre sold his pizza parlor and moved to Vermont, where he currently lives, according to prosecutors.

Once in the Green Mountain State, McIntyre allegedly used the federal loan to fund a personal spending spree, buying a farm, several alpacas and at least two cars, prosecutors said.

McIntyre is charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

“My client denies the allegation and will have further comment at a later date,” McIntyre’s attorney, Jason Stelmack, said in a statement to the Associated Press.