Concord – Andre Mack Bretti, 45, has pleaded guilty to one count of felony criminal mischief and one count of conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief, according to U.S. Attorney John J.

In response to the ongoing CV-19 pandemic, Congress passed a number of measures designed to support small businesses, including the CARES Act. CARES law created, among other things, a PPP. Under that program, businesses could receive low-interest loans to cover wages during the first few months of the epidemic. If the money was used for wages and other permitted purposes such as utilities and rent, the SBA would be completely forgiving. Congress approves second-hand PPP loans for hard-hit small businesses, nonprofits and places

SBA has also launched the Economic Disability Loan (EIDL) program for businesses. Under the program, businesses can receive loans for working capital and regular operating expenses. EIDL applicants can also earn up to $ 15,000 if certain conditions are met. These developments generally do not need to be reversed.

According to court documents and court statements, the defendant lied about the payment record and income to obtain three CARES Act loans. For example, when applying for a loan under the EIDL program, McCarthy lied on an annual basis of $ 100,000. When you apply for a PPP loan, you generate a fake IRS form that will increase your income by 2020. In all, McBreirty misappropriated $ 55,316 in the CARES Act, which he was not entitled to receive.

Mac Bretti, now living in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to receive his sentence on April 14, 2022.

“Although Congress passed the CARES Act to provide financial support during the epidemic, some greedy individuals used fraud to obtain funds they should not receive,” said US attorney Farley. ‚ÄúThis defendant stole from US taxpayers by providing false documents and false information to obtain CARES Act funds. Thanks to the hard work of the federal law enforcement agencies, he is now responsible for his illegal behavior. This lawsuit shows that we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who defraud federal aid programs.

“The Treasury Department Inspector General will closely monitor those who are trying to defraud the United States of America,” he said. “We appreciate the efforts of the US Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in this effort.”

The matter was investigated by the Inspector General of Taxation and the Office of the Inspector General of Social Security Administration. The case is being re-assigned to another judge, Alexander S. Chen, and US Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew T. Hunter.

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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 epidemic, 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.