Federal Indictment Charges Charlotte Man, Rashawn Prioleau For Defrauding COVID-19 Government Benefits Programs
The Defendant Allegedly Fraudulently Obtained more than $60,000 in Government-Funded Coronavirus Aid Relief
CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte has indicted Rashawn Prioleau, 35, of Charlotte, on multiple financial institution fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, for stealing more than $60,000 from government-funded COVID-19 benefit programs, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which oversees Charlotte, joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making announcement.
According to allegations in the criminal bill of indictment, Prioleau engaged in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other North and South Carolina state agencies by filing fraudulent claims for COVID-19 related unemployment insurance (UI) benefits using stolen information of identity theft victims. The indictment further alleges that Prioleau also fraudulently applied for two Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) based on false information.
As alleged in the indictment, from at least April 2020 to September 2020, Prioleau obtained the personal identifying information (PII) of at least seven identity theft victims, including names, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, and addresses, and used it to file for fraudulent UI benefits in North and South Carolina.