PPP Loan Fraud Defense Attorney
Protect Your Business from PPP Loan Fraud with Experienced Representation
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help businesses that were suffering financially due to the pandemic. A significant part of this act was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided forgivable loans to small businesses and nonprofits in order to help them stay afloat.
In the wake of concerns about potential fraudulent PPP activity, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has been actively pursuing individuals and organizations that are suspected of misusing PPP funds. If you’re facing charges related to alleged PPP fraud, you need an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of federal criminal defense law on your side.
The Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi provides knowledgeable representation for businesses and individuals accused of PPP loan fraud. Our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights throughout the legal process. We understand the nuances of white-collar crime defense and can provide strategic advice based on years of experience in the field. Our goal is to help secure the best possible outcome for your case.
If you are under investigation for PPP loan fraud, reach out to The Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi by filling out our online form or call us at (305) 330-3905 so we can discuss the details of your case.
What Is Considered PPP Loan Fraud?
PPP loan fraud is a form of white-collar crime. It can take many forms and includes any activity that misuses PPP funds in such a way as to defraud the government or other parties.
This could include:
- Submitting false information on a PPP application to receive more money than you are eligible for
- Misusing the funds for unauthorized purposes, such as buying luxury goods or paying personal expenses
- Not following proper procedures, such as failing to create an accurate payroll report
- Lying about the number of employees at your business or the amount you have paid them
- Applying for multiple loans from different sources (loan stacking)
In addition to facing criminal charges, businesses and individuals who are found guilty of PPP loan fraud may be required to pay back the money they received from the loans plus additional fines and penalties. The DOJ can use civil and criminal legal proceedings against those accused of fraud, so it’s important to seek experienced legal representation if you believe you may be under investigation for this type of offense.
What Should You Do If You Are Under Investigation for PPP Loan Fraud?
If you are contacted federal agents investigating you or your business for PPP loan fraud, your first step should be to contact an experienced attorney who understands the ins and outs of federal criminal defense law. You are entitled to have legal representation before speaking to any federal agent about a potential PPP loan fraud case. An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and provide strategic advice to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
At the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, we focus on providing knowledgeable representation for businesses and individuals accused of PPP loan fraud. Our firm has years of experience in white-collar crime defense, which allows us to understand the nuances of this area and provide targeted advice that is tailored to your specific situation.
To ensure that you receive the most effective legal defense available, our attorneys will:
- Analyze all documents related to your case, including applications and financial records and any evidence federal agents may have gathered
- Develop a comprehensive strategy based on your unique needs
- Negotiate with federal authorities to secure a favorable settlement and/or reduce penalties
- Provide knowledgeable representation in court if necessary
Don't Wait - Contact the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi for Experienced Representation
Many PPP loan applicants have been charged with fraud-related crimes, including making false statements on a loan application and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Being accused of these types of charges can have serious consequences for your business and your reputation, so it’s critical that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you are facing PPP loan fraud accusations, the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi can help protect your rights. Our firm has represented numerous clients who were accused of white collar crimes, and we understand how to navigate this complex area of law. In some cases, we can negotiate a resolution that avoids criminal prosecution. If you are already facing PPP loan fraud charges, we can be relentless in pursuing the best possible outcome for you in court.
If you have been accused of PPP loan fraud, don’t wait to contact our experienced team of PPP loan fraud defense attorneys. Contact us online or call us at (305) 330-3905 to schedule an initial consultation.
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