PPP Fraud Attorney in Miami
Defending Clients Accused of Paycheck Protection Program Fraud
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic national emergency, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Several different types of relief were administered by the Small Business Association, one of them being the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The purpose of the PPP was to provide economic relief for small business owners who struggled to afford their payroll and keep their employees amid the government-ordered shutdowns of their businesses. Not everyone who applied for and received this aid did so appropriately, so the federal government is now investigating aid recipients and charging those it believes have committed fraud.
If you are being investigated or have been arrested, you need the assistance of our PPP fraud attorney in Miami. At The Law Office of Joel Defabio, we advocate on behalf of those who are accused of federal crimes, like PPP fraud. These are not minor accusations – you could be facing years in federal prison and tens of thousands or more in fines.
For more information about how we can assist you, please schedule a free consultation. You can request yours by calling (305) 851-5581 or by contacting us online.
Potential Consequences for COVID-19 Fraud
If you are convicted of a criminal charge related to the Paycheck Protection Program or other loans administered by the Small Business Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can face very steep consequences.
Chances are you’re facing charges because the federal government believes you lied or provided false information in order to obtain a PPP loan or increase the amount for which you qualified. In many cases that have occurred so far, those accused of fraud were alleged to have lied about the number of employees they had, accepting a PPP loan and firing their staff anyway, or lied about having a business at all.
There are several federal charges related to the PPP you could face, including the following:
- Bank fraud
- Wire fraud
- Making false statements to a federal agent/entity
- Making false statements to a financial institution
These are very serious charges that can carry severe sentences. Because of this, it’s important to secure the legal services of someone like our PPP fraud attorney in Miami at The Law Office of Joel Defabio. You could be risking decades in federal prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Bank fraud, for example, can be punished by up to 30 years in federal prison and up to $1 million in fines.
How We Can Help You
If you are being investigated or have been arrested for a crime related to the Paycheck Protection Program, immediately contact our PPP fraud attorney in Miami for help! At The Law Office of Joel Defabio, we have more than 35 years of experience when it comes to representing clients who have been accused of serious federal crimes.
We may be able to help you mitigate or eliminate your responsibility for the charges against you. We can also ensure you are fairly treated by the system and that your rights are protected throughout the process. Learn more about our services by scheduling a free and confidential consultation with our attorney.
For more information, please get in touch with us today. Contact The Law Office of Joel Defabio today by submitting our online form or by calling (305) 851-5581.
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