Christian Johnson Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud
(STL.News) A New York man was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed for his alleged participation in a scheme to defraud multiple financial institutions by filing bank loan applications that fraudulently sought forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy for the Western District of New York, Special Agent in Charge Patricia Tarasca of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG), Special Agent in Charge William Kalb of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s Office of Inspector General’s (TIGTA-OIG’s) North East Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Stephen Belongia of the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Amaleka McCall-Brathwaite of the SBA’s Office of Inspector General (SBA-OIG), Eastern Region made the announcement.
Christian Johnson, 23, of Buffalo, was charged by criminal complaint filed in the Western District of New York with wire fraud, bank fraud, and false statements to a financial institution.
The complaint alleges that Johnson submitted multiple fraudulent PPP loan applications on behalf of a company called Million Man LLC (Million Man) to at least three financial institutions.