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Criminal Liability for PPP Loan Fraud

Many small business owners applied for the PPP loan. Most didn’t realize they’d be potentially exposed to criminal charges. The DOJ has filed multiple criminal cases for PPP loan fraud, and more on the way. It’s likely this is something which will go on for many years.

The PPP was established by the CARES Act – but the CARES Act is not a penal statute. The CARES Act was designed to provide financial security to individuals, and business owners who were struggling due to the pandemic. At the time the PPP loan program was enacted, there was limited information and oversight. There was a lot of potential – and even accidental – fraud. In fact, many people filed fraudulent applications, and received fraudulent PPP loans, that the SBA granted.

In fact, there were so many fraudulent loans granted – that the SBA offered a grace period during which individuals and businesses could return fraudulently obtained funds without a penalty. Now this period has expired. The many agencies of the government, such as the SBA, DOJ, and other federal agencies are initiating investigations to discover PPP loan fraud. Many investigations are resulting in criminal charges being filed.

Below are examples of PPP loan fraud:

  • Loan stacking multiple PPP loans from multiple SBA lenders
  • Misrepresenting your payroll, or misclassifying your employees in order to get PPP eligibility
  • Misrepresenting your payroll costs in order to get a larger PPP loan
  • Falsely certifying that current economic situations make the loan necessary to support ongoing operations
  • Using the PPP loan for ineligible business purposes

What criminal charges might you face for PPP loan fraud?

The CARES Act doesn’t contain any provisions for penalties, or prosecution. Criminal charges are being filed under existing criminal statutes. There are numerous federal laws which are broad enough to encompass any fraudulent actions taken to get PPP funds you aren’t entitled to.

Below are some examples of the laws which could be used to prosecute you:

  • false claims act
  • making false statements to the SBA
  • making false statements to an FDIC insured bank
  • bank fraud
  • wire fraud
  • identity theft
  • tax evasion
  • making false statements to federal agents
  • conspiracy
  • attempt

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal complaints in many loans. The number of cases will only continue to rise. Each of the statutes/crimes listed above are just some of the ways in which the government will try to prosecute you.

Potential Criminal Liability in Federal PPP / EIDL Loan Fraud Investigations

Making false statements to the SBA: This statute imposes penalties for anyone who makes knowingly false statements, or reports, to the SBA. This verbiage is broad enough that it includes representations made on the PPP loan application.

Making false statements to an FDIC-Insured Bank: This is a prohibition against making false statements and reports to financial institutions that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Companies and individuals who submit false info to the SBA, can be prosecuted for submitting false information.

Bank fraud: Along with prosecution for submitting false info to PPP lenders, companies and individual borrowers can face prosecution for bank fraud. This federal statute makes it a criminal offense to execute, attempt to execute, or scheme, to defraud a financial institution. The DOJ has already filed criminal charges against many individuals and companies guilty of this.

Wire fraud: The federal wire fraud statute is a tool used by federal prosecutors often. The DOJ has filed many cases that involved wire fraud charges in PPP cases.

Making false statements to federal agents: Along with being prosecuted for making false statements in PPP loan applications — company owners, and others, can face prosecution for making false statements to federal agents during a PPP loan fraud audit/investigation.

Conspiracy: There are two main federal conspiracy statutes which allow for the prosecution of individuals and businesses that are involved in an effort to fraudulently get federal funds the PPP program. These efforts do not have to ACTUALLY RESULT in a PPP loan being granted in order to support criminal charges for conspiracy.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



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