St. John was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 米国によると. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Texas. FBIとIRSは調査中です.
St. ジョンは 19 人, led by Michael Hill and Andrew Moran, who allegedly put together a fraud scheme to illegally obtain funding from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The group allegedly obtained 16 loans totaling $ 3.5 million by using existing businesses or new businesses to apply to the program.
“Once in receipt of the fraudulently obtained funds, the defendants did not use the money as intended, such as to pay employee salaries, cover fixed debt or utility payments or continue health care benefits for employees,” アメリカ. Attorney’s press release states. “代わりに, the defendants typically paid Hill and Moran, transferred money to their personal accounts and spent the funds on various personal purchases.”
Each defendant could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
The CARES Act was signed into law March 29, 2020, and was designed to provide businesses with COVID-19 relief amid the pandemic.
When the Trump administration unveiled PPP に 2020, the full impacts from the pandemic were just beginning to be felt in the economy.
There was a race to get money out as quickly as possible because of how unpredictable the situation was. So the loans went through major banks that often had existing relationships with eligible businesses for the sake of expediency.
The program enjoyed bipartisan support, and the treasury secretary at the time, Steven Mnuchin, told a congressional committee in September 2020 that the payments had supported 50 百万の仕事.