Maine’s COVID fraud cases stand out for their small size

Maine’s COVID fraud cases stand out for their small size

August 12, 2022 Off By administrator

With a plea scheduled next week, federal prosecutors in Maine will have secured their third admission of guilt in a case with a man accused of defrauding a business loan program developed in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But at a time when the watchdogs charged with overseeing COVID-19 relief spending say the Department of Justice is too busy to pursue small-dollar pandemic-related fraud cases, the Maine prosecutions stand out for their small dollar amounts.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Maine so far has charged three people with defrauding two different types of pandemic business loan programs that Congress approved in 2020 to keep businesses afloat at a time when many had to shut down or curtail their operations. The cases involve a total of just over $400,000.

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