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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.

COVID Feature: A Slice of Cheese

Donald Franklin Trosin, 56, from Champlin, Minn. pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and launder more than $1.2 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). (Fraudsters don’t seem to understand that the government...

COVID Feature: Home Sweet Home

The unemployment rate in April 2020 rose to a record high of 14.7 percent, just a few months after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the highest rate and largest monthly increase in the history...

COVID Feature: It Takes All of Us

We’ve heard the slogan “it takes all of us” many times throughout the coronavirus pandemic that first appeared on American soil more than a year ago. As millions of Americans have worked together to prevent the spread of the deadly virus by wearing masks,...

COVID Feature: A Rocky Road

Sean M. Andre, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is accused of working with Jean R. Lavanture, 48, of Saugerties, N.Y., to fraudulently obtain more than $4 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans meant for businesses financially struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Fraudsters are...

COVID Feature: Slice of the Pie

Six individuals from Georgia and South Carolina have been indicted for their role in a larger conspiracy to illegally obtain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Through a COVID-19-related fraud scheme, these co-conspirators fraudulently procured millions in PPP loans for businesses located within the two...

COVID Feature: The Wages of Fraud is Prison

Raymond Magana, 40, of Santa Clarita, Ca., pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. Magana admitted that he fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans by submitting fake tax documents and...

COVID Feature: High Roller

A Las Vegas, Nevada man has been charged with one count of bank fraud after allegedly applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from seven different banks. Jorge Abramovs is accused of fraudulently trying to obtain funds between April and June of last year. PPP...

COVID Feature: Busy Year for Fraud

The Department of Justice has been quite busy since COVID-19 turned the world upside a year ago. The pandemic that has plagued the world has also spurred many opportunities for fraud, especially in the area of unemployment. Today’s fraudster is Dennis George Chinn of...

COVID Feature: Double Scam

Samuel Yates of Maud, Tex., has been charged with allegedly filling out fraudulent applications for more than $5 million dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Yates was charged with two counts of wire fraud for seeking PPP loans from two different Texas-based banks....

COVID Feature: Caught, Charged, Convicted, and Sentenced

Can you believe that it has been nearly a year since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act? (Either time flies when you’re having fun or more realistically, it comes to a standstill when a pandemic takes over the world.) The...
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