DOJ Has Charged 474 Individuals with COVID-19 Fraud, And Counting

The Federal Docket

March 30, 2021

Towards the end of March, the Department of Justice issued a press release boasting that the department has charged 474 defendants with fraud related to COVID-19 relief programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs. The DOJ reports that the cases combined involve over $569 million in potential loss amounts, and that they have been brought in 56 federal districts.

The press release lists examples of some of the cases involving each of the government programs and some of the type of conduct the Government considers evidence of fraud. The DOJ also describes its use of its International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) program to identify and investigate fraud.

The DOJ also notes some of its civil cases brought against individuals and companies for fraud in connection with the CARES Act programs or relief funds.

Click here to read the press release.

Tom Church - Tom is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on criminal defense and civil trials. Tom is the author of "The Federal Docket" and is a contributor to Mercer Law Review's Annual Survey in the areas of federal sentencing guidelines and criminal law. Tom graduated with honors from the University of Georgia Law School where he served as a research assistant to the faculty in the areas of constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Read Tom's reviews on AVVO. Follow Tom on Linkedin.

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