The fashion brand of Arielle Charnas, the influencer criticized for fleeing to his vacation home while infected with COVID-19, received thousands of loans from the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Something Navy obtained a loan between $ 150,000 and $ 350,000 from the Small Business Administration on April 13, according to a report by Page Six. In her application, Charnas said she had 25 employees.

The company is valued at around $ 45 million, CNBC reported earlier this month.

In a statement to Page Six, Something Navy confirmed that it had requested federal assistance because “the pandemic has had a significant impact on our business.” He did not say how much money he received.

Something the Navy did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. The Small Business Administration said it “does not comment on individual borrowers.”

Charnas has twice become the internet’s enfant terrible during the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 18, she revealed that she had obtained a COVID-19 test from a friend who was a doctor.

At the time, there was a dearth of testing in the city, and the critics fell on Charnas, using it to demonstrate income inequality in the face of the coronavirus.

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When the Charnas test came back positive, she decided to run away from New York City – which was on lockdown – for his family’s vacation home in the Hamptons.

The Internet again descended on Charnas and, on April 1, she posted a tearful apology video on her Instagram in which she said she had received death threats.

Something the Navy told Page Six in a statement this week: “All the money has been used for our payroll to avoid job or schedule cuts during the worst of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 – what he was supposed to do. “

“We did not make this decision lightly, but after careful consideration of all of our financial options, we felt we had a responsibility to our staff to apply for this program to help us manage the financial realities of the current environment. “

The deadline set by the Small Business Administration for submitting a PPP application is will expire on August 8.

Although the program has would have saved millions of jobs, many small businesses would be still waiting for their loans to materialize. Many large companies, like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, were able to secure loans soon after the program launched. (Both of these companies have since repaid their loans.)

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