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Department of Justice

Nine Indicted for Payment Protection Program Fraud

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee

Key Insights: State Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Programs

This insights report provides a contextual understanding of the cross-cutting challenges states faced within their unemployment insurance (UI) programs and highlights the substantial work that has been done by State Auditors to ensure their states’ UI programs are functioning effectively. This report examines four common insights across 16 State Auditor Offices: (1) UI workloads surged for states; (2) the claims surge exploited internal control weaknesses; (3) uncommon and varying fraud schemes began to occur as the amount of federal funding expanded; and (4) state workforce agencies...

Department of Justice

Two Florida Men Plead Guilty to $35 Million COVID-19 Relief Fraud Scheme

Two Florida men pleaded guilty this week in the Northern District of Ohio for leading a nationwide scheme to fraudulently obtain over $35 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Review of Internal Revenue Service's Pandemic Hiring Practices

TIGTA is initiating a review to determine whether expedited hiring practices during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic present potential security risks by assessing the effectiveness of fingerprinting and hiring activities, including inspection of employment eligibility documents.  It plans to identify newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic, obtain extracts of new hires from 3/23/20 through 7/17/21 where either fingerprinting or Form I-9 physical inspection of identity documents was deferred, and determine whether hiring records comply with the requirements of the newly established policies and guidance implemented to facilitate hiring during the pandemic.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

American Rescue Plan Act Information Technology Funding

TIGTA is initiating a review of the IRS's oversight of the IRS's Information Technology organization's oversight of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding. ARPA is the latest in a series of coronavirus pandemic-related relief and economic stimulus legislation.  It includes approximately $1.9 trillion in economic relief and stimulus to address the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.  ARPA provides the IRS with approximately $1.8 billion for the implementation of numerous tax-related provisions intended to provide relief to individuals and businesses and to modernize and secure its systems.  The IT organization was allocated approximately $1 billion of these funds for the systems work.
Department of Housing and Urban Development OIG

FHA Borrowers Did Not Always Properly Receive COVID-19 Forbearances From Their Loan Servicers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Inspector General (OIG), completed an audit to determine whether FHA-insured borrowers properly received the COVID-19-related forbearance. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, 2020, provided a mortgage payment forbearance option for all borrowers who suffered a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 national emergency. We found that at least one-third of the nearly 335,000 borrowers who were delinquent on their FHA-insured loans and not on forbearance in November...

Department of Justice

Baltimore Woman Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Obtaining More Than $1.6 Million in Federal Funds Intended to Relieve Financial Distress Caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Nichelle Henson, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland, for false statements and bank fraud in connection with fraudulent applications Henson allegedly filed to obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the names of multiple businesses. The indictment was returned on December 7, 2021 and unsealed today. Henson will have her initial appearance virtually on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 2:15 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite.
Department of Justice

Court Permanently Enjoins Three Vietnamese Residents from Continuing to Operate a Pandemic-Related Fraud Scheme

A federal court in Florida permanently enjoined on Friday three residents of Vietnam from operating a pandemic-related scam that targeted American consumers, the Department of Justice announced.