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  • Writer's pictureAmi Kassar

AmiSight 3/21: Who is the Fed Going After?

The U. S. Department of Justice now has an audit unit to look for fraud. At the helm, is Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers. So far, there have been over a billion dollars in EIDL funds seized, criminal charges filed against more than 1,000 defendants, and 240 civil investigations into pandemic loan fraud. While estimates range from $8-10 billion in losses, many believe that is a conservative estimate.

So what is going to make the DOJ pull your file? This was the DOJ’s official statement: “Chambers plans to focus on large-scale criminal enterprises and foreign actors who sought to profit at the expense of the American people. This will include establishing strike teams to prepare for the next phase in the Justice Department’s efforts to fight pandemic fraud.”

While that statement may have some breathing a sigh of relief, I would say not so fast. Just days later, the DOJ talked about filing charges against 2 businesses who had received PPP loans for $170,000 and $430,000. One was charged under the False Claims Act and the other with fraudulently obtaining PPP loans.

That being said, these are some specific identifiers the DOJ will be looking for:

  1. 6-7 figure loan amounts

  2. Forged Documents

  3. False Certification

  4. Padding Worker Counts

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