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An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing for CARES Act Fraud Investigations

The government appears to be fulfilling its commitment to rooting out PPP fraud, even when the amount at issue falls below the $2 million threshold. No matter the size of the loan, a company that obtained PPP funds is not immune from a possible government investigation or audit. Borrowers have already started to submit loan forgiveness applications, and many more will be submitted in the weeks ahead, and both lenders and the government will be scouring these submissions for red flags.

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The $2 trillion economic relief package from Congress’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been steadily infused into our economy since March. One well-known example of these stimulus funds is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), through which over 4.9 million businesses received $521 billion in forgivable loans to help maintain payroll, rehire employees and cover rent and utilities. Compared to other government-backed loan programs, the speed with which lenders processed and approved PPP applications was unprecedented.

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