June 25, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the Maryland COVID-19 Fraud Strike Force work?

The Maryland COVID-19 Fraud Strike Force deals with fraud cases involving COVID-19 aid. They collaborate with various law enforcement agencies, like the FBI, the Department of Labor, and the Office of Inspector General, to uncover potential cases. The public also contributes to their efforts by reporting suspicious activities related to COVID-related fraud.

2. What is the extent of COVID-19 relief fraud in Maryland?

As of now, the Maryland COVID-19 Fraud Strike Force has charged 33 defendants in schemes amounting to an alleged fraud of over $55 million. Additionally, 19 active cases are about to be prosecuted, involving 19 defendants and potential fraud of approximately $30 million. However, these figures represent only a fraction of the fraudulent activity suspected nationwide.

3. What kind of fraudulent activities have been identified?

The fraudulent activities vary widely. Numerous individuals applied for multiple loans and used the funds for personal gains. Others were genuine business owners who inflated their payroll expenses to secure larger loans than they were entitled to. There are also instances where the applications came from non-existing businesses, which were created solely for the purpose of applying for these loans.