Allison Baver, an Olympic medalist, was indicted and charged by a Utah federal grand jury on Wednesday. Baver is being charged with nine counts of fraud and one count of money laundering. She is accused of lying and getting $10 million from the Paycheck Protection Program.

According to court documents, the former Olympic skater said her company, Allison Baver Entertainment, had 430 employees and a monthly payroll of $4 million. She claimed that her company had many projects in development and needed a large crew to finish them.

When asked about the projects last year by The Salt Lake Tribune, Baver said, “Due to the need for large crews in close proximity, these types of productions have been particularly disrupted by the pandemic, and we recognize our responsibility to put these professionals back to work as soon and as safely as possible. We hope to set a good example as the entertainment industry gets back on its feet.”

This month’s indictment said that she had no employees and no payroll.

According to Utah records, Allison Baver’s entertainment business was one of 41 Utah businesses to receive $5 million or more from the government based on their employees and payroll. The Paycheck Protection Plan was created to help struggling small businesses get through the pandemic. Money was supposed to go towards rent, utilities, and payroll.

Olympic medalist Allison Baver is charged with nine counts of Covid relief fraud after she claimed her company had 430 employees. (Credit: Instagram)
Olympic medalist Allison Baver is charged with nine counts of Covid relief fraud after she claimed her company had 430 employees. (Credit: Instagram)

Information about the company lists the corporate address as Baver’s Taylorsville home. The company was launched in 2019 and according to the website, employees of Allison Baver Entertainment “are champions of equality, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and human elevation, proponents of personal performance, and advocates for those who aim high and break the glass ceiling.”

According to the Utah indictment, Baver allegedly used some of the money she got from PPP to fund Elijah Woods’ film, No Man of God. Baver has a small part listed in the film and is also listed as an executive producer. The indictment says that she gave $150,000 to the film’s production efforts.

Neither Allison Baver nor Elijah have commented on the indictment’s claims.

Baver has not entered a plea for her case, but she did receive a summons to appear in court on Jan. 18, 2022. If convicted of stealing millions, the Olympic skater could face up to 30 years in prison for the bank fraud counts and 10 years for the one count of money laundering.

The indictment is also looking to have Baver return the $9.7 million that she stole during her Covid relief check fraud scheme.

Allison Baver was accused of allegedly taking $10 million in PPP meant for small businesses and using it to fund Elijah Woods' new movie (Credit: Instagram)
Allison Baver was accused of allegedly taking $10 million in PPP meant for small businesses and using it to fund Elijah Woods’ new movie (Credit: Instagram)

Allison Baver became known for her skills as an Olympic skater. Born in Pennsylvania, she moved to Salt Lake City so she could train as a short track speed skater. She competed in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic games before becoming an Olympic medalist. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she won a bronze medal in the 3000-meter relay.

In 2017, Baver announced that she was retiring from skating. She launched an activewear fashion brand called Allison Baver Sport and decided to begin a career in acting.

Besides her part in Elijah’s movie, she was Thug #4 in Adverse and is listed as playing Carla in a 2023 film called Monsters. She is also listed as a stand-in actress for a couple episodes of the TV show Yellowstone.

According to IMDB, she is credited as an executive producer and writer for a 2021 TV series called America’s Angels.