U.S. Attorney’s Office, IRS urges people to report COVID-19 fraud

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U.S. Attorney’s Office, IRS urges people to report COVID-19 fraud

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio and the IRS Criminal Investigation Department (IRS-CI) celebrate the one year anniversary of the CARES Act by urging taxpayers to continue reporting suspected fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and IRS-CI last year battled COVID-19 fraud related to Payments for Economic Impact, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Employee Loyalty Credit.

According to its own information, the IRS-CI has investigated more than 350 tax and money laundering cases nationwide for a total of 440 million US dollars.

Dayton business owner convicted of COVID fraud

On March 16, 2021, a Dayton woman was sentenced to prison in federal court for fraudulently obtaining more than $ 2.5 million in pandemic loans. Other fraud allegations are pending in Columbus and Cincinnati.

“At the same time we are all fighting the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, we also have to fight the spread of scammers that are hindering our economic recovery,” said acting US lawyer Vipal J. Patel. “The CARES bill is designed to help small businesses stay afloat, but some will try to defraud the system.”

To learn more about COVID-19 fraud and other financial programs, visit IRS.gov.