BOSTON – A Salem man has pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief in a federal court in Boston today.

Roosevelt Fernandez, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of wiretapping and one count of aggravated burglary. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stern is scheduled for sentencing on May 11, 2022. Fernandez was indicted in December 2020.

Fernandez has applied for 10 EIDLs from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) on behalf of himself or his regulators. EIDL funds are available to eligible individuals and businesses in accordance with the CARES Act. In June 2020, Fernandez filed a false tax return with EIDL in support of Soluciones Multiple Services. As a result, the SBA deposited $ 124,900 in a Fernandez-controlled bank account and spent more than $ 80,000 in cash over the next two weeks. In August 2020, Fernandez applied to EIDL on behalf of another business using fraudulent tax filing information. As a result, SBA deposited $ 149,900 into the same bank account.

Fernandez also used the identities of various individuals to provide fraudulent state and federal tax returns. A number of these returns are fraudulent W-2 forms allegedly provided by unnamed taxpayers. Various fraudulent refunds have been deposited into the account under the name Soluciones Multi-Service. In addition, the May 2020 fraudulent economic income payment – a stimulus permitted by CARES law – is included in this account. Fernandez deposited another fraudulent tax return on this account in an ATM spy. In all, the investigation uncovered nearly 40 fraudulent tax returns related to Fernandez, with a total of more than $ 620,000 in fines.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud, up to three years in prison, and a fine of up to $ 250,000. He faces up to two years in prison for serious identity theft, up to one year in prison, and a fine of up to $ 250,000. Penalties are subject to U.S. District Court decision and other legal circumstances.

United States Acting Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendel and Jolly D. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Simpson, has announced that he will not run for office. The U.S. Postal Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue provided valuable assistance for the investigation. Mendel’s deputy chief of staff, Bill Abel, is suing.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the Covd-19 Fraud Task Force to increase the efforts of the Department of Justice in collaboration with government agencies to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The task force will intensify its efforts to investigate and prosecute the most responsible domestic and international criminals, and will assist agencies responsible for administering aid programs by adding and including coordination mechanisms to prevent fraud, identifying resources and methods to identify fraudulent actors. Sharing and sharing information and insights from their plans, and pre-implementation efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about the Covenant-19 fraud case should call the National Department of Justice (NCDF) at 866-720-5721 or the NCDF Web Complaint Form at https: // www. .justice.gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.