On March 10, 2022, the Department of Justice announced the appointment of Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers to serve as the DOJ’s first Director for COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement. This announcement comes two years after Congress passed the $2.2 trillion economic relief bill known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]
After bringing dozens of criminal charges against Paycheck Protection Program loan recipients in recent months, on January 12, the US Department of Justice announced its first civil settlement resolving allegations of PPP loan fraud. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, SlideBelts, an internet retail company and debtor in bankruptcy, and its […]
It is no longer only borrowers who are facing potential Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan scrutiny, although, as promised, SBA has indeed begun sending inquiries to borrowers who are seeking forgiveness of loans greater than $2 million. Increasingly, however, lenders also are attracting the attention of federal regulators and investigative […]
It’s not just the Justice Department that’s looking into PPP loans – although there appears to be plenty of that going on – the SEC’s Division of Enforcement is also conducting an investigation into certain PPP loan recipients to determine whether there have been violations of the federal securities laws. […]
As anticipated, the hundreds of billions of dollars allocated under the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program have become the focus of scrutiny from investigators. On May 8, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis launched its first public broadsides at five companies that received PPP loans.
We have previously looked at the many ways CARES Act funding can provide critical sources of money for both small and large businesses. We also have described the oversight bodies created by the CARES Act to police the use of disbursed funds. For many businesses, small or large, this may be the first […]
Multiple Layers of Oversight in the CARES Act: The Appetite for Accountability Will Long Outlast the Current Crisis
The estimated $2+ trillion stimulus bill – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – is meant to address the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The act will pump hundreds of billions of dollars into private sector businesses. But the money will come with new […]