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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

Four Cars but No Getaway Plan

Darrell Baker, 56, of Michigan, was sentenced after pleading guilty to committing bank fraud and money laundering. In September 2020, Baker pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud for defrauding a Pennsylvania financial institution of $590,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. He also...

A New Tesla but Still No Getaway Car

Lebnitz Tran, 40, of San Jose, Calif., has been charged for plotting to fraudulently submit loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). He was hoping he could receive millions of dollars in Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) relief funds. (Well, his hopes were...

It’s Downhill from Here

Jacinthia Williams, 44, has been sentenced for committing wire fraud. The woman, who is from Augusta, Ga., fraudulently submitted multiple applications in an attempt to obtain COVID-19 relief loans. (She joins a growing line of fraudsters who have been caught and prosecuted for committing...

Back to the Big House

Neither snow nor sleet nor rain nor incarceration can keep some dedicated scammers from launching a fraud. Inmate Sholanda Thomas and parolee Christina Smith were indicted for allegedly cooking up a scheme to take advantage of the COVID-19 boost in unemployment benefits at the...

A Family Business of Disappointment 

Anthony Zaghab, 52, of Colorado has been charged for unrightfully obtaining COVID relief loans and unemployment insurance.     Zaghab allegedly submitted false Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications. Between April 2020 and February 2021, Zaghab’s fraudulent submissions reached a net worth of $660,000 in payments. (Who said paperwork is a chore with that kind of return?)...

When Teamwork Does Not Make the Dream Work

Adam Arena of Buffalo, N.Y., and Amanda Gloria of Altus, Okla., both 44, were arrested for fraudulently obtaining and laundering COVID-19 relief Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. Arena and Gloria allegedly conspired together to fraudulently obtain and misuse almost $1 million in PPP loans. Court documents...

Fraud and All That Jazz

Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, of Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining a COVID-19 loan for almost $150,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Clifton admitted to defrauding the SBA by obtaining Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) based on false...

Twisted Testing

Among the many forms of COVID-19 fraud, perhaps none is more insidious than peddling bogus COVID-19 testing. It not only poses risk to the fraud victims, but also to the public at large. Mark Schena, the president of California-based medical technology company Arrayit Corporation,...

Something Rotten

The owner of a Virginia refuse company applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan in June 2020, stating that Debris or Not Debris Property Preservation would use the funds for business-related purposes, such as payroll, lease, and utility costs. Owner Scott Suber spent...

The Only One in the World

You’d probably expect a company with a name like Global Network Corporation to have a sizable staff. Or at least a staff, but Kansas “entrepreneur,” Clifford Townsend, allegedly applied for a real Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for a seemingly imaginary business. PPP loans...
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