The U.S. government has seen the rates of fraud skyrocket during the pandemic. That’s why the Department of Justice and other federal agencies have been aggressive in their enforcement tactics. Now, those law enforcement strategies are being amped up after President Biden announced during his State of the Union address that a special prosecutor would be appointed to investigate and litigate cases of alleged pandemic fraud.
What the new proposal would do
The Chief Prosecutor appointed would lead a strike force team of prosecutors who would focus on what they consider to be some of the most egregious forms of pandemic fraud. Amongst them are large scale identity theft that has led to stolen funds from unemployment programs and fraud involving the Paycheck Protection Program. The proposal would also give this Chief Prosecutor increased and extensive resources to utilize in the prosecution of these cases, and the penalties for those wo are convicted of these crimes will likely be enhanced.
What this means for you
If you’re worried about being implicated in an alleged fraud case, or you have already been charged, then you need to be ready for the fight of your life. The stakes are certainly high, and with an increased aggressiveness on their side, prosecutors are going to do everything they can to try to punish you with harsh penalties. But you don’t have to just sit back and let the prosecution run the show.
Instead, you can work closely with a skilled criminal defense attorney who is experienced in handling these pandemic fraud cases. If you’d like to learn more about how our firm has helped other individuals address the specifics of their case, then please continue to research what our firm has to offer.