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Prosecuting PPP Fraud May Be Harder Than It Seems

This article discusses what tools the government has for pursuing seemingly undeserving PPP borrowers, the obstacles to bringing such cases, and the factors that may influence the government’s decision in pursuing criminal or civil cases.

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For anyone following developments in the massive small business stimulus program known as the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), May 14 was an important date. That was the deadline imposed by the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) for arguably undeserving recipients of PPP loans to return the funds “no questions asked.” According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the IRS and SBA will be auditing all loans in excess of $2 million and will be prosecuting instances of fraud.

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