Oakland Woman, Christina Burden Charged In Million Dollar Scheme To Defraud Pandemic Relief Programs For Struggling Businesses
Defendant Spent Pandemic Relief Funds On Private Jet Travel, Hotel Stays, Louis Vuitton And Neiman Marcus
Purchases, Expensive Automobiles, And Other Personal Luxury Items
OAKLAND (STL.News) Christina Burden was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging her with bank fraud in connection with a scheme to illegally obtain more than $4.5 million in pandemic relief loans, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson; Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George; Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair; and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Daniels.
Christina Burden, 31, of Oakland, is charged in the complaint with one count of committing bank fraud on or about June 20, 2020, when she applied for and later received $684,375 in a forgivable loan from the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for her shell entity “Blessing Box Co LLC.” The complaint further describes a scheme in which Burden submitted nine other fraudulent applications for PPP loans between April and June of 2020, one of which resulted in her receiving an additional $307,916 in PPP funds.