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The U.S. Treasury Department may have recently announced their intentions to cease systematic audits on companies that received less than $2 million in federal funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but make no mistake, the scrutiny on PPP loan recipients is far from over. In fact, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will continue to audit all recipients of PPP loans of $2 million or greater, while the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) conducts independent investigations on allegations of PPP loan fraud, including those involving loans below the SBA’s $2 million audit threshold.
As a result of these ongoing audits and investigations, some PPP loan recipients have had their loan accounts frozen. For these companies, this may be the first indication that their loan application or use of PPP funds is under scrutiny – a serious matter that warrants prompt attention from expert federal defense counsel.
But why the intense scrutiny on PPP loan recipients? Despite the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act being created only months ago, the PPP and its recipients have been the subject of intense scrutiny. The PPP made it easy for companies to receive forgivable federal loans, and given the country’s shuttered economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was immensely popular. However, this popularity also made it a prime target for fraud.
Of the initial $349 billion allocation to the PPP, it is expected that tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars were either issued to fraudulent loan applicants or used for purposes not permitted under the forgiveness conditions of the PPP. This has led to criticism in the media and has forced the federal government to closely examine the companies currently utilizing PPP funds. It is a moment of truth for many companies, and the stakes are high.
As the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) tirelessly work to uncover and prosecute instances of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud, the question on many minds is: What exactly constitutes PPP loan fraud?
We previously delved into the topic and identified seven potential forms of PPP loan fraud, including:
This is not an exhaustive list, and the SBA continues to update their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, providing crucial information for PPP loan applicants and recipients. It is crucial for new applicants to thoroughly review these FAQs before submitting their applications, and for current recipients to ensure compliance.
Our attorneys not only represent companies facing PPP loan fraud allegations but also assist with proactive compliance. If you have any questions or concerns about the PPP application criteria or the program’s forgiveness eligibility requirements, we are here to help. Trust us to guide you through this complex process and protect your business from the detrimental consequences of PPP loan fraud.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to provide much-needed relief to struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, fraud targeting the program is a serious crime that will not be taken lightly. Those found guilty can face severe penalties, including substantial fines and years, if not decades, of federal imprisonment. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already filed criminal complaints for offenses such as aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, and wire fraud.
Companies and their owners and executives can also face civil penalties, such as fines, loss of government contract and program eligibility. It is important to note that there are effective potential defenses for these federal offenses, including demonstrating compliance with the program’s requirements and the use of PPP funds for their intended purpose.
If your company’s PPP loan account has been frozen, it is crucial to seek the help of experienced attorneys and former federal agents. They can defend you using all available means and can help you navigate the complex legal landscape. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a free and confidential assessment of your PPP loan fraud case. The stakes are high, and the consequences of a PPP loan prosecution can be dire, but with the right defense, you can protect yourself and your business.
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