Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

What is considered PPP fraud?

By Spodek Law Group | February 15, 2023

COVID-19 and PPP Loans: Protect Your Business

What is PPP Loan Fraud?

PPP loan fraud is a federal crime that occurs when someone submits false information in an application or certification for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program was created to help businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic by providing forgivable loans to cover payroll and operating expenses. Unfortunately, some businesses have taken advantage of this program and committed fraud.

How Can You Avoid PPP Loan Fraud?

At Spodek Law Group, we understand the devastating impact that a PPP loan fraud investigation can have on your business. That’s why we recommend that you follow these guidelines to avoid being accused of PPP loan fraud:

  • Be honest on your application and certification
  • Do not apply for PPP loans from multiple lenders
  • Use PPP loan money only for approved purposes
  • Submit truthful certifications for PPP loan forgiveness
  • Cooperate with federal investigators, but speak to an attorney before speaking with them

What are the Penalties for PPP Loan Fraud?

The penalties for PPP loan fraud can be severe. Federal criminal statutes that can apply include making false statements to a federal agency, making false statements to the SBA, making false statements on a loan application, and bank fraud. Penalties for these statutes range from five to 99 years in prison and up to a $1,000,000 fine. Don’t risk your business and your freedom by committing PPP loan fraud.

How Can Spodek Law Group Help?

Our experienced attorneys have helped dozens of clients navigate PPP loan fraud investigations, often avoiding criminal charges altogether. When we represent a client in a PPP loan fraud case, we immediately contact investigators and any prosecutors involved in the case. We review the relevant documents, often with the assistance of experienced forensic accountants, to determine if we have a solid defense to any fraud allegations. We then explain the circumstances of our client’s situation to the government and offer information that the agents or prosecutor may not have known. In many cases, we can help our clients avoid criminal charges or negotiate the best possible resolution.

Our Defense Strategies

Our defense lawyers have extensive experience in PPP loan fraud investigations, and we know what rules and procedures apply to these cases. Here are the steps we take to help our clients:

Step Description
Step 1 We obtain all loan applications and supporting documents from the business to review for any alleged errors.
Step 2 We gather and preserve all relevant business documents that may support the need for the loan or the use of the funds received.
Step 3 We interview any CPA, accountant, or financial advisor who was used or consulted in applying for the loan.
Step 4 With the client’s permission, we interview any relevant employees who may be able to support the need for the loan or the use of funds.
Step 5 We discuss the case with a forensic accountant who regularly consults with our firm to review the company

Recent Developments in PPP Loan Fraud Investigations (Continued)

The Eastern District of Virginia is particularly active in prosecuting PPP loan fraud cases. In one recent case, the owner of a Virginia-based construction company was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $354,000 in restitution for committing PPP loan fraud. The owner, along with others, submitted multiple fraudulent PPP loan applications and used the money for personal expenses instead of for legitimate business expenses. In another recent case, a Maryland man was sentenced to over six years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering related to PPP loans. The man, who owned several businesses, submitted false applications for PPP loans and used the money to buy luxury items such as a Rolex watch and a Tesla.

As the government continues to investigate PPP loan fraud, it’s important for businesses and individuals to take the necessary steps to protect themselves. If you’re under investigation for PPP loan fraud, it’s crucial to contact an experienced attorney before speaking with federal agents. Our firm has helped numerous clients navigate PPP loan fraud investigations, and we have a deep understanding of the law and the procedures involved in these cases.

Contact Spodek Law Group for Assistance with PPP Loan Fraud Cases

If you or your business is under investigation for PPP loan fraud, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our federal defense attorneys at Spodek Law Group have successfully defended clients in federal criminal cases across the United States, including in PPP loan fraud cases. We have a deep understanding of the law and the procedures involved in these cases, and we work tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and interests.

Our team includes experienced paralegals and independent consultants who work closely with our attorneys to gather and review all relevant evidence and documents, interview witnesses, and build a strong defense strategy. We understand that every case is unique, and we take the time to listen to our clients and understand their goals and concerns.

At Spodek Law Group, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service and representation. Contact us today for a confidential consultation with one of our experienced federal defense attorneys.

PPP Loan Fraud: What It Is and What You Need to Know

The Importance of PPP Loan Compliance

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act as a means of providing much-needed financial assistance to Americans who have suffered significant economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, some people and businesses in the United States have taken advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to commit fraud and illegally obtain PPP funds. If you find yourself being targeted by the federal government for PPP loan fraud, it is crucial that you seek the services of a knowledgeable and experienced PPP attorney.

At Spodek Law Group, we have a deep understanding of the law and the experience necessary to handle complex legal situations like PPP loan fraud. Attorney Todd Spodek and our team of skilled attorneys have what it takes to stand up against the federal government and protect your rights.

Understanding Fraud Charges: What You Need to Know

Nearly five million PPP loans were approved as of July 22, 2020, totaling more than $518 billion in funds. While most of these loan applications were made in good faith, some people and businesses may have taken advantage of the program to commit fraud and illegally obtain PPP funds. Fraud is a serious white-collar crime that involves intentional deception to secure unlawful gain.

Some people may have intentionally defrauded the PPP program, while others may have done so by mistake. For instance, you may have accidentally misclassified some of your employees as independent contractors or certified that you met the eligibility criteria without realizing that some of your expenses were not authorized. Regardless of whether you intended to commit fraud, you could still face serious consequences for PPP loan fraud.

What Constitutes PPP Loan Fraud?

The PPP program was created to provide forgivable, federally backed loans to small businesses with a legitimate financial need. However, some people and businesses may have fraudulently obtained PPP funds, fraudulently misused PPP funds, or fraudulently certified for loan forgiveness.

Fraudulently Obtaining PPP Funds

To obtain funds through the PPP program, businesses must make certain certifications about their eligibility for assistance and how the funds will be used. Some mistakes that could result in a PPP fraud indictment include obtaining PPP loans from multiple lenders, misrepresenting information on a PPP loan application, and misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Fraudulent Misuse of PPP Funds

PPP funds can only be used to cover specific business expenses, such as payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent or lease payments, and utilities costs. PPP funds cannot be used for any other expenses, and at least 60% of the funds must be used for payroll costs. If you fraudulently use PPP funds for unauthorized business expenses, you could be charged with PPP loan fraud.

Fraudulent Certification for Loan Forgiveness

PPP loans can be 100% forgiven if the funds were used for authorized business expenses. However, if you fraudulently certify that you met the eligibility criteria and used the funds for authorized business expenses, you could be charged with PPP loan fraud if the information is false.

Are Cases of PPP Loan Fraud Being Investigated?

Yes. Almost immediately after the PPP program was introduced, the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies began investigating fraudulent PPP loan claims. Since May, the Justice Department has charged more than a dozen individuals accused of defrauding the PPP loan program. The federal government is taking an aggressive stance against PPP loan fraud, and your business could be targeted in a PPP loan fraud audit or investigation.

What Kind of Fraud Crimes are Being Charged?

PPP loan fraud cases can involve several criminal offenses, including wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements to a financial institution, and conspiracy to make false statements to the Small Business Administration. Other federal crimes that may be charged in connection to PPP loan fraud include computer fraud, identification fraud/identity theft, tax evasion, and making false statements to federal agents. Each of these fraud crimes is a felony offense carrying a potential punishment of up to 30 years in prison, substantial fines, and criminal forfeiture, among other penalties.

With billions of dollars at stake, federal agencies are aggressively investigating and prosecuting PPP loan fraud cases. If you find yourself facing a PPP loan fraud investigation, it is crucial that you seek immediate legal assistance from a skilled PPP attorney. At Spodek Law Group, we understand the complexities of federal fraud cases and have the experience necessary to represent you effectively. Our team of skilled attorneys can assess your criminal exposure and determine the best path forward based on your specific situation. Don’t wait to call – the consequences of a federal PPP loan fraud charge are severe.


PPP loan fraud is a serious white-collar crime that can result in severe consequences. The federal government is actively investigating and prosecuting cases of PPP loan fraud, and it is crucial that you seek the services of a knowledgeable PPP attorney if you are facing a PPP loan fraud investigation. At Spodek Law Group, we have the experience and expertise necessary to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Attorney Todd Spodek and our team of skilled attorneys.

Free Consultation


I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.


85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004


get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005


get directions


35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106


get directions


195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


get directions
Call Now!