September 10, 2020

NFL player among fraudsters accused of stealing $70 mn in pandemic aid

Washington (AFP) – Scammers have stolen $70 million from a program supporting US businesses hurt by the coronavirus downturn, leading to charges against dozens of people including an NFL player, the Justice Department said on Thursday.Brian C. Rabbitt, an acting assistant attorney general for the criminal division, told reporters that 57 people had been charged with attempting — successfully in many cases — to get hold of more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).Only some of that amount was actually taken, however, and the government has recovered about $30 million. …


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