Former McKinney Man Charged With COVID-19 Rescue Fraud | USAO-EDTX
SHERMAN, Texas – A former McKinney man has been charged with federal violations related to his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking millions of dollars in forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei announced today.
Sinoj Kallamplackal Joseph, 42, was charged in an indictment filed in the Eastern District of Texas with seven counts of wire fraud and three counts of misrepresenting a bank. The indictment alleges that Joseph submitted fraudulent claims for more than $ 3 million in PPP loans to an SBA-approved lender on behalf of MK Analytics, LLC; Sanbi Solutions, LLC; and KMS Traders Group, LLC. In those requests, Joseph fabricated payroll records, including the number of employees working for his companies and the amounts of his salary costs, according to the indictment. The indictment also alleges that Joseph submitted fraudulent documents in support of his claims. If convicted, Joseph faces up to 20 years in federal prison for wire fraud charges and up to 30 years in federal prison for making false statements to a bank.
“This indictment is the latest part of our district’s efforts to hold accountable those who commit fraud under the Paycheck Protection Program,” Acting US Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei said. âThe PPP has been a vital tool for US small businesses and their employees who have battled the economic fallout from the pandemic. EDTX is committed to prosecuting fraudsters who have exploited this program to the detriment of others.
On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General created the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Working Group to mobilize the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with government agencies to strengthen efforts to combat and prevent the pandemic fraud. The Working Group strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable national and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by scaling up and integrating mechanisms coordination, identifying resources and techniques for uncovering fraudulent actors and their programs, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information on the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
Anyone with information about alleged attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud Enforcement (NCDF) hotline at 866-720 -5721 or via the NCDF web complaint form at: https: // www. .justice.gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
This case is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Small Business Administration – OIG, Federal Reserve Board – OIG, FDIC – OIG and Inspector General of the Treasury for Tax Administration. . US Assistant Prosecutors Sean J. Taylor and Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld are continuing the case.
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