Feds Announce COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Action
The Justice Department announced the results of a coordinated, nationwide enforcement action to combat COVID-19 fraud. There were 718 enforcement actions – including federal criminal charges against 371 defendants – for offenses related to over $836 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud. More than 50 U.S. attorneys’ offices and more than a dozen law enforcement and OIG partners worked together to conduct the sweep. Court-ordered restitution amounted to over $57 million. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said that the department “has now seized over $1.4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds that criminals had stolen and charged over 3,000 defendants with crimes in federal districts across the country.” Read a Department of Justice press release.