Memphis, TN: US attorneys' office accuses Brandy D. Scaife and two others of COVID-19 fraud
(STL.News) – Local tax business allegedly responsible for $ 1.1 million in fraudulently obtained COVID-19 loans related to economic violations
Brandy D. Scaife, 42, Janisha L. Jones, 22, and Sharika L. Carpenter, 42, of the Better Days Tax Service have been charged with cable fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. US attorney D. Michael Dunavant today announced the cancellation of the federal criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, Scaife, Jones and Carpenter embarked on a fraud program between April 2020 and June 2020 to obtain COVID-19 relief funds from the Small Business Administration of more than $ 1 million. In addition, the program resulted in 401 fraudulently filed applications for disaster loss loans made available to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous claims have been submitted with false information to facilitate the fraudulent activities. It has been shown that approved loan applications raised approximately US $ 1.1 million in fraudulently received funds.
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 30 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.
United States Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, “Protecting the US Treasury Department is a top priority for the Department of Justice, and our office is committed to bringing those to justice who would attempt to unfairly exploit critical government resources through fraud during this challenging and uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I commend the pending investigation by our law enforcement partners into this brazen and worrying case. "
The Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration, and the Inspector General's Small Business Administration Office were investigating this case.
For information on the Justice Department's efforts to stop illegal activities related to COVID-19, please visit www.justice.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and WHO websites. The public is encouraged to report suspected fraud programs related to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) to the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline (NCDF) by telephone at (1-866-720-5721) or via an online reporting form at www.justice .gov / disaster fraud / web form / ncdf disaster complaint form.
The Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator for the Western District of Tennessee is U.S. Assistant Attorney Tony Arvin.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely allegations of criminal behavior, not evidence. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they have been found guilty beyond any doubt and will be sentenced through due process.
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