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Joplin Man Sentenced for $300,000 Fraud Schemes

A Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for two fraud schemes, totaling nearly $300,000, including fraudulent loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and a so-called “transaction reversal” bank scheme.
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Ponte Vedra Beach Man Indicted For Fraud Scheme Involving COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment

Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging James Elliott Davis II (35, Ponte Vedra Beach) with 16 counts of bank fraud, 12 counts of wire fraud, and 1 count of money laundering and theft of mail. If convicted, Davis faces up to 30 years in federal prison for each count of bank fraud, up to 20 years in prison for each count of wire fraud, up to 10 years in prison for the money laundering count, up to 5 years’ imprisonment on the theft of mail count, and payment of restitution to the victims he defrauded.
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West Roxbury Man Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Obtaining COVID-Relief Funds

BOSTON – A West Roxbury man pleaded guilty on May 15, 2024 in federal court in Boston to a fraud charge in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain pandemic-related relief funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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Former Montgomery County Restaurant Owner Charged with PPP and RRF Loan Fraud

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Massachusetts Business Owner Arrested for Over $18 Million PPP Fraud

BOSTON – A Carlisle man has been arrested and charged for allegedly submitting fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on behalf of multiple companies he owns and controls.
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Former Schenectady Nightclub Owners Sentenced for Defrauding COVID-19 Relief Programs

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Bakersfield Man Sentenced for Stealing over $160,000 in COVID-19 Relief Money

Jaswinder Bhangoo, 51, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for stealing $163,750 in COVID-19 relief money.
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St. George Businessman Sentenced to 29 Months’ Imprisonment for Fraudulently Receiving Over $685,000 in COVID-Relief Funds

ST.GEORGE, Utah – Bradford, Leland Fishback, 40, of St. George was sentenced today to over two years’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release and ordered by the court to pay $685,845.05 in restitution. The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby, comes after Fishback admitted to fraudulently obtaining government funds from programs intended to help employees and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.