Virus Outbreak Illinois Fraud

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Special Agent in Charge Sean Fitzgerald speaks at a press conference regarding a joint operation that resulted in the arrests and indictments of 25 defendants in a Paycheck Protection Program loan fraud, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Joliet, Ill. 

JOLIET, Ill. — More than two dozen people have been charged in Illinois with fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief money, with authorities alleging that some of them were behind bars when they used their relief money to post bond and free themselves from jail.

Joliet Police Chief William Evans said Wednesday that 25 people were part of the alleged fraud scheme to get Paycheck Protection Program checks while not operating actual businesses.

Fifteen of the defendants had been arrested by Wednesday, and arrest warrants were pending for 10 other people. They all face charges including wire fraud, theft and loan fraud, officials said.

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