Former Louisiana woman charged with preparing more than 110 fraudulent PPP loans totaling more than $1.1 million | USAO-EDLA
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans today announced the indictment of SHARNAE EACH (“ALL”), 27, of Houston, Texas, who has been charged with one (1) count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 and two (2) counts of mail fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.
The case against ALL began following a referral to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (“PRAC”) regarding possible fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. Investigators determined that there were at least 110 PPP sole proprietor loan applications in and around the Thibodeaux, Louisiana area, and that they all had the same federal tax bills and forms (“Appendix C”). with the same trade name and the same amounts.
According to today’s indictment, ALL created a fictitious business called “Natural Hair Afro, LLC, Houma, LA 70360” and used this fictitious business name on almost all fraudulent PPP loan applications. ALL advertised under various pseudonyms on Facebook to recruit individuals for money from the PPP program. ALL prepared and submitted false and fraudulent PPP sole proprietor loan applications through various online portals, including but not limited to Blueacorn. ALL created all false and fraudulent invoices, bank statements and annexes. ALL falsely certified that the applications and information provided in the supporting documents were true and accurate when she electronically submitted the fraudulent PPP loan applications.
ALL charged $45.00 to $120.00 to the people she recruited to prepare and submit the fraudulent PPP application. ALL mainly used Cash App to receive initial payments. ALL then charged around $3,500.00 once the loans were funded. ALL received these funds in her checking account, her Cash App account or in her boyfriend’s checking account.
If he is convicted, ALL faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years, followed by a period of supervised release of up to three (3) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or twice the gross gain to the defendant, or twice the gross loss for any victim, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00, per count.
US Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is only an indictment and that the defendant’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to mobilize Department of Justice resources in partnership with government agencies to scale up enforcement and prevention efforts. pandemic-related fraud. The task force strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by increasing and integrating coordination mechanisms existing ones, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their agendas, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information on the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus. The Veterans Administration, Office of the Inspector General is an active member of the PRAC Fraud Task Force.
For more information on the Department of Justice’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus. Anyone with information about alleged attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF’s online complaint form at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
The United States Attorney’s Office also wishes to thank the Veterans Administration, Office of the Inspector General for their assistance; United States Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General; United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations; and the United States Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force, consisting of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Thibodeaux Police Department, and the Louisiana on this case. The prosecution of this case is being led by Assistant United States Attorney Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Financial Crimes Unit, and Assistant United States Attorney Edward Rivera, COVID-19 Fraud Coordinator.
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