Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-05-26 20:07:04 –
McKeesport, PA (KDKA) —Washington, DC has called for prosecution of paycheck protection program violators.
This is the result of KDKA’s investigation into fraud that has spread in southwestern Pennsylvania. KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan continues to discover even more suspicious loans, this time at McKeesport.
The PPP scam seems to be an open secret in the public housing community at McKeesport’s Crawford Village. There, it is said that neighbors gained new wealth after getting a loan as a barber, beautician, and other profession.
“A barber here or either of these columns?” Clarissa Robeson said. “No, they are not hairdressers. I don’t think they know how to do hair.”
At McKeesport, KDKA found that 37 individuals received up to $ 20,000 in PPP loans claiming to be either a hairdresser or a hairdresser. Checked by KDKA, two of them are state licensed, as required by law.
KDKA found no evidence that these people were in business, including the woman KDKA’s Andy Sheehan tried to talk to.
Sheehan: I’m Andy Sheehan from KDKA.
Woman: Yeah, for what?
Sheehan: PPP loan.
Woman: It was a scam. It wasn’t me.
Sheehan: what happened?
Woman: Will you leave my door?
“It offends you because it means that people who qualify for the program can be left behind,” said Congressman Mike Doyle.
Doyle has updated its call to the Small and Medium Business Administration to strengthen control over this type of obvious fraud and implement stronger safeguards. He also calls on the Justice Department to crack down on criminals.
“If they aren’t doing what they claim, aren’t doing legitimate business, and aren’t paying taxes, it’s a fraud and should be prosecuted,” Doyle said.
The McKeesport people want them to pay for the result too.
“Take them to jail because they used a program for low-income people and businesses that really needed it,” Robeson said.
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Now, if the applicant proves that the money has been spent on legitimate business expenses, the loan is allowed. Congressman Doyle wants the SBA to do a better job considering a loan. He said the fraudulent suspect would either repay the money or go to jail.
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