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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.

Glutton for Punishment

Since the pandemic started around 18 months ago, millions of people have lost their jobs. To help those individuals struggling to find work, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created a temporary federal unemployment insurance program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance...

A Slice of Fraud Justice

The former CEO of Passport Pizza, who previously managed a dozen locations across Michigan’s Macomb County, has finally been served a slice of justice after being convicted of bank fraud. Michael Bischoff, 60, of Macomb Township, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and must...

The Rich and The Greedy

The coronavirus pandemic has simultaneously brought out the worst and the best in humanity. While some have rallied together to support their communities, fraudsters have sought to exploit programs meant to aid those struggling financially. One of these fraudsters, Jean R. Lavanture, 48, of Saugerties,...

Your Life Is Now Shutting Down

A Seattle-area tech executive has been sentenced for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program and receiving nearly $1.8 million in Covid-19 relief funds. Mukund Mohan, 48, of Clyde Hill is a former director for both Amazon and Microsoft. Now he faces up to two years in...

$17 Million Admissions of Guilt

The District of Columbia is home to the Supreme Court, the Commander-in-Chief, and most recently, a man who has been indicted on federal charges alleging that he attempted  to steal more than $17 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury and Disaster...

Stepping Above the Law

Two Montana men have been arraigned after allegedly scheming to defraud a bank of $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The indictment charges the men with bank fraud and with engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity. Trevor Gene...

In Need of Enlightenment

Fraudsters have good intentions, said no one ever. Their motives are just plain selfish. Porsha Tims Bush, 41, of Knoxville, Tenn., pleaded guilty to wire fraud for intending to steal more than half a million dollars in in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic...

A Faulty Operation

Dinesh Sah, 55, of Texas, has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for submitting 15 fraudulent applications to the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. (Apparently, the judge was not in a forgiving mood when he lowered his gavel.) Sah submitted the...

From Luxury Hotels to Prison Cells

Danielle Miller of Miami, 31, Fla., has been indicted for allegedly lying on her pandemic-related loan applications so she could obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Then, she used the ill-gotten funds to pay for personal expenses. (In...

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...
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