5 charged with defrauding pandemic relief programs

Money Fraud

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say five current or former Internal Revenue Service workers have been charged with fraud for illegally getting money from federal COVID-19 relief programs and using a total of $1 million for luxury items and personal trips.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Tuesday that the five have been charged with wire fraud after they filed fake applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which were part of a federal stimulus package tied to the pandemic response.

Prosecutors say the five defendants then individually used the funds to pay for a Mercedes-Benz car and other personal expenditures.

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10/5/2022 3:00:19 AM (GMT -5:00)

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