Emmet County Man Sentenced to Three Years for Collecting Relief Payment for a Non-Existent Business

An Emmet County man has been ordered to serve more than three years in federal prison after he was recently convicted of receiving pandemic relief funds through banks in Iowa and Minnesota for a non-existent business.


Donald Trosin, of Armstrong, formerly of Champlin, Minnesota, admitted to submitting more than 20 applications for Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans for a business he claimed had 120 employees and a $5 million payroll.  The problem is Trosin didn’t operate a business.


Earlier this year, Trosin pleaded guilty to major fraud and money laundering.  According to court documents, Trosin tried to transfer the pandemic relief he got to people in other states and countries, including China.  In addition to the prison sentence, he’s been ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution.