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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Fraud Defense Attorney

In 2020, the federal government created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as a lifeline for businesses grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. PPP loans offer funding to keep companies afloat and to pay employees. However, the federal government has uncovered numerous alleged instances of PPP loan fraud.

At Bulldog Law, we defend individuals and businesses accused of PPP loan fraud. Our attorneys, often described as bulldogs for their relentless defense, are ready to fight for your rights. They bring the full force of decades of experience and training from top law schools. We are headquartered in California and have offices across the United States.

What To Know About PPP Loan Fraud Charges

PPP loan fraud occurs when someone uses false information to obtain loan funds. This can lead to serious white collar criminal charges. Some of the actions that could lead to criminal investigations or charges include:

  • Misrepresenting the number of employees
  • Inflating payroll costs
  • Applying for multiple loans fraudulently
  • Using funds for unauthorized purposes

Charges related to PPP loan fraud may include:

  • Bank fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Theft
  • Making false statements to a financial institution
  • Money laundering

Because the program is a federal one, these activities are usually federal offenses.

How Do Government Investigations Of PPP Fraud Work?

Federal white collar crime investigations involve agencies such as the FBI, the IRS and the SBA’s Office of Inspector General. These investigations are methodical; they often take months to gather evidence and build a case with strong evidence. Facing federal charges for PPP loan fraud means that you are up against a painstakingly well-prepared case. Unlike state investigations, federal agencies have vast resources at their disposal. They rarely make an arrest unless they believe that they can get you convicted.

A Shield Against The Harsh Penalties For Fraud Convictions

Convictions for fraud-related PPP loan schemes can lead to dire penalties. Federal charges almost often carry heavier sentences than state charges. The greater the amount of money stolen, the more severe the consequences. Some common consequences of a white collar criminal conviction may include:

  • Federal prison time
  • Restitution of the money stolen
  • Additional fines, usually of thousands of dollars
  • Probation
  • Deportation for non-U.S. citizens

Federal charges often have mandatory minimum sentences that apply. This forces judges to impose minimum sentences of federal prison time. You stand to lose your freedom for years if convicted of a white collar crime connected to a PPP loan. Our team of criminal defense attorneys works tirelessly to fight these outcomes by reducing your charges, mitigating your sentence or getting you acquitted.

The Necessity Of Federal Crime Attorneys

When you are researching which law firm to hire, you need one with attorneys who handle federal crimes. Our criminal defense lawyers are licensed for federal court, know the nuances between state and federal law, and possess the acumen to negotiate charges down or even fight for an acquittal. Having a dedicated team that understands the intricacies of federal cases is crucial. They are well-versed in the subtle differences between state and federal law and use this knowledge to your advantage. Whether they are negotiating a plea bargain or preparing for a trial, they fight tooth and nail to protect your future. In addition to courtroom battles, we adeptly navigate regulatory investigations from various agencies and boards.

Speak With A Fraud Defense Attorney Immediately

The moment that you believe you may be facing allegations of PPP fraud, contact Bulldog Law. Our experienced defense team will work tirelessly to safeguard your freedom. Please call us toll-free at 888-983-1217 or send us email to schedule a free consultation.