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This is Just Right!

Senior Director of Strategic Alliances
LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

”Goldilocks and the Three Bears” is a story about a little girl, Goldilocks, who is looking for more in life. One day, she stumbles onto the home of the three bears. She tries out three bowls of porridge, three chairs, and three beds before finding one of each that fits her perfectly. Usually, it was the biggest item that fit her just right where she would claim, “This is just right!” Well, same for Alexander Barabash.

Alexander Barabash was the sole owner and CEO of a iDesignBuild, a company in Baltimore. He was the only employee of this construction company and utilized contractors to complete projects. Barabash started small with his first foray into fraud in April 2020. Barabash submitted his first Paycheck Protection Program loan application falsely stating that iDesignBuild had four employees and an average monthly payroll of $18,750. (This is just not right!)

Finding it easy to fraudulently obtain funds from PPP, Barabash submitted a second fraudulent PPP loan application on April 25, 2020 on behalf of iDesignBuild, stating that the company had seven employees and an average monthly payroll of $38,777.60. (This is still not right!)

On January 20, 2021, Barabash submitted a third fraudulent loan application on behalf of iDesignBuild, representing that the company had 37 employees and an average monthly payroll of $525,227. Compared to the fraudulent forms submitted with the unsuccessful April 25, 2020 PPP loan application, the forms submitted in January 2021 reported more than six times the number of employees and nearly $1.5 million more in wages in each quarter. (This is just right!) Based on Barabash’s false representations, the bank approved PPP loans of more than $1.2 million. Being the only employee of iDesignBuild, Barabash spent every penny on himself.

The ending for Goldilocks is heartwarming – as the bears forgive her after she learns her lesson and befriend her rather than turning her into their supper. Not sure this will happen for Barabash. On March 27, 2023, Barabash pled guilty to PPP fraud.

Today’s Fraud Of The Day is based on article “Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge For Fraudulently Obtaining More Than $1.2 Million In COVID-19 CARES Act Loans” published by Shore News on March 27, 2023

On Friday, Baltimore man Alexander Barabash, 52, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in relation to submitting fraudulent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act loan applications. Barabash fraudulently obtained over $1.2 million in CARES Act loans intended for struggling businesses.

Between April 2020 and January 2021, he submitted three fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on behalf of his construction company, iDesignbuild LLC. The fraudulent applications contained false information about the number of employees and the company’s payroll. Barabash used the loans to buy two properties in Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, and a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.


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