Being charged with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) fraud can have serious legal consequences including a potential prison sentence, restitution, fines and forfeiture.
What is EIDL Fraud?
EIDL fraud occurs when individuals or businesses apply for and receive EIDL loans by providing false information or by misrepresenting their eligibility for the program. Some common types of EIDL loan fraud include:
False business information: People may create fake businesses to apply for loans. They may use fake business names, addresses, and contact information to make it appear as though the business is legitimate.
False financial information: People may falsify financial information on their EIDL applications, such as revenue and expenses, to make it appear as though their business has been impacted by the pandemic.
Identity theft: People may use stolen identities to apply for EIDL loans. They may use stolen Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and other personal information to create fake loan applications.
Double-dipping: Some people may apply for multiple EIDL loans under different identities or businesses, to which they are not entitled.
What are the Potential Penalties for EIDL Fraud?
EIDL fraud is a federal crime that can result in serious legal consequences. The penalties for EIDL fraud can include:
Fines: Those convicted of EIDL fraud may be subject to fines of up to $1 million per violation.
Imprisonment: Those convicted of EIDL fraud may face imprisonment for up to 30 years.
Restitution: Those convicted of EIDL fraud may be required to pay restitution to the SBA for any funds obtained fraudulently.
Forfeiture: Those convicted of EIDL fraud may
What to Do If You are Threatened with or Facing Charges?
If you are threatened with or facing charges for EIDL fraud, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex federal, criminal legal system and develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your specific case. It is important to take steps to protect your freedom, reputation, and your business. EIDL fraud charges can harm your reputation and make it difficult to obtain future funding.
At LGR Law, we are experienced federal criminal defense lawyers in New Jersey and New York, who have handled a wide variety of federal criminal matters, including EIDL fraud. We also provide defense to state criminal matters. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and her staff have nearly 35 years of federal and state criminal law experience in New York and New Jersey courts. We will fight for your rights and protect your freedom if you are charged or threatened with a federal criminal matter. Contact LGR law at 973-239-4300 or visit our website at https://lgaulirufo.com/ for a free consultation today.