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Five Current or Former IRS Employees Charged with Defrauding Federal COVID-19 Relief Programs


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Five current or former IRS employees have been charged with schemes to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, federal stimulus programs authorized as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“The IRS employees charged in these cases allegedly abused the trust placed in them by the public,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Criminal Division is committed to safeguarding that public trust and protecting pandemic relief programs for the American people.”

“This matter demonstrates the brazenness with which bad actors have taken advantage of federal programs meant to help those who suffered most from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Director for COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Kevin Chambers. “The Justice Department will continue to work hard to root out PPP and EIDL Program fraud, including that committed by government employees.”

According to court documents, the defendants allegedly obtained funds under the PPP and EIDL Program by submitting false and fraudulent loan applications that collectively sought over $1 million. They then used the loan funds for purposes not authorized by the PPP or EIDL Program, but instead for cars, luxury goods, and personal travel, including trips to Las Vegas. 

 

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People are messed up.  I don't think it would ever occur to me to try something like that.

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2 hours ago, OverSword said:

I don't think it would ever occur to me to try something like that

No honest person would.  These folks, if they are guilty, were a little more stupid than average crooks.  Trying to steal government money while working for the IRS?  Priceless...

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7 hours ago, OverSword said:

 

People are messed up.  I don't think it would ever occur to me to try something like that.

Same here, I can't believe some tried it.   :no:

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