Feds accuse Georgia couple of generating shell trucking corporations to accumulate PPP funds

Two Georgia inhabitants are experiencing critical fraud and theft rates related to a scheme to use shell truck firms to collect Coronavirus aid cash from the U.S. federal government.

On June 14, Curtis Porch, 48, and Dereen Porch, 43, were being arrested and charged with wire fraud and theft of federal government house linked to the Coronavirus Help, Reduction, and Economic Protection (CARES) Act.

The indictment accuses Curtis Porch and Dereen Porch of “devis[ing] a scheme and artifice to defraud the United States Little Small business Administration (“SBA”), and get[ing] income from the SBA, by usually means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations that similar to bank loan and/or grant requests manufactured to the SBA, beneath the auspices of the CARES Act, which resulted in monies wrongfully being issued to the Defendants by the SBA.”

Authorities accuse the pair of forging documents and publishing fraudulent PPP mortgage programs for 3 trucking companies — FNP Trucking, LLC, Porch to Porch Transportation, LLC, and Buckner Transportation, LLC.

“The Federal government alleges that companies both did not exist, did not conduct small business or only existed on paper,” authorities claimed in a information launch

Prosecutors say that none of the a few trucking providers have any assets, created any revenue, or experienced any personnel engaged in trucking actions on employees at the time that the loan applications had been submitted.

The few is accused of fraudulently acquiring $364,200.

If the pair is found guilty, they facial area a optimum penalty of 20 decades in jail and a $250,000 wonderful for wire theft and a highest penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 great for theft of govt house.

The case is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Inner Earnings Support Prison Investigations unit .