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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:00 PM

U.S. charges 57 with fraud involving pandemic paycheck aid, Justice Department says

Source: Reuters


U.S. charges 57 with fraud involving pandemic paycheck aid, Justice Department says

By Doina Chiacu, Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal law enforcement authorities have charged 57 people with stealing $175 million from an aid program meant to help small businesses weather pandemic lockdowns, officials said on Thursday, adding that they are eyeing hundreds more suspected cases of fraud.

Officials said they have identified 500 individuals who may have defrauded the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and that, in many cases, criminal rings had worked together to steal funds from the program. The Justice Department along with other agencies would focus more closely on this organized criminal activity, officials said.

“The involvement of these rings isn’t surprising, but it is particularly troubling to us here at the department, we will be focusing on these types of cases, going forward,” acting assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt said during a press conference.

Officials said they believed fraud in the program was “significant” but declined to estimate what proportion of the funds, which were passed by Congress as part of a $3 trillion pandemic rescue package, had been stolen.

A congressional panel last week said it had identified tens of thousands of the program’s 5.2 million loans that may have been defrauded or misused, amounting to potentially billions of taxpayer funds.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-ppp-fraud/u-s-charges-57-with-fraud-involving-pandemic-paycheck-aid-justice-department-says-idUSKBN2612LU


Related: Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Rabbitt Delivers Remarks at the PPP Criminal Fraud Enforcement Action Press Conference (U.S. Department of Justice)

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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:36 PM

1. I hope they burn anyone scamming that program.

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