Brooklyn Man, Sean M. Andre Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit COVID-19 Relief Fraud
SYRACUSE, N.Y (STL.News) Sean M. Andre, age 31, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty yesterday to conspiring with an Ulster County man to fraudulently obtain more than $5.6 million in government-backed loans meant for businesses struggling with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)-Criminal Investigation; and Amaleka McCall-Brathwaite, Special Agent in Charge of the Eastern Region of the Office of Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA-OIG).
Andre pled guilty to conspiring to commit bank fraud and conspiring to commit wire fraud. He admitted to helping an Ulster County man obtain $4,309,581 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans between June and August 2020, by submitting fraudulent loan applications in the names of four companies that the Ulster County man controlled. Each loan application misrepresented the number of employees, and total payroll, that each company had, and included false corporate tax documents that Andre created as part of the scheme.