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What TARP Investigations Can Teach Us About Stimulus Fraud

For more than 10 years, federal investigators have investigated criminal conduct in connection with the 2008 recession-era TARP program. From those investigations, U.S. Attorneys across the country brought cases and earned convictions for offenses spanning the federal criminal code. We can expect that these same agencies will use the same techniques and strategies to investigate crimes and bring cases involving fraud related to the COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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For more than 10 years, federal investigators, led by the Special Inspector General for the TARP (SIGTARP) have, in coordination with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Small Business Administration (SBA) and other investigative agencies, investigated criminal conduct in connection with the 2008 recession-era TARP program. From those investigations, U.S. Attorneys across the country brought cases and earned convictions for offenses spanning the federal criminal code.

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