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Nearly a year and a half after the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”)1 on March 27, 2020, the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (“SIGPR”) has ramped up and is investigating fraud related to the U.S. government’s pandemic relief efforts.

August 12, 2021
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Jessica Heim, Zach Terwilliger, and Adrianne Goins discussed criminal and civil liability risks for CARES Act fraud and key issues to watch in 2021 and beyond.
May 20, 2021
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On March 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a press release trumpeting the agency’s “historic level of enforcement action” in response to COVID-19 related fraud.

April 15, 2021
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While the 5-page Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application looks pretty simple, those who have already worked with the form know that it is not.

August 14, 2020
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On July 28, 2020, the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Inspector General (“IG”), Hannibal “Mike” Ware, issued a Management Alert informing SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza that the IG’s preliminary review of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance (“EIDL”) grant program revealed strong indicators of widespread potential fraud.

August 6, 2020
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This program goes beyond the usual overviews of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
August 5, 2020
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Since the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act became law on June 5, 2020, Treasury and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) have released several new and revised rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). This guidance implements provisions of the PPP Flexibility Act and makes other changes to the program.

June 25, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a track record of aggressively pursuing those suspected of fraudulently exploiting federal relief programs meant to combat crises,1 and early signs indicate that DOJ will continue this practice with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2, 2020
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Scrutiny into Paycheck Protection Program Loans Intensifies — Attracts SEC Attention

June 1, 2020
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On May 16, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Forgiveness Application (the “Application”), available here.

May 19, 2020
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On May 13, 2020, the Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released guidance on how SBA will review a borrower’s required certification that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

May 14, 2020