June 9, 2021
Georgia Residents Indicted for Wire Fraud and Theft of Government Property
On June 9, 2021, a grand jury in the Middle District of Georgia indicted Dereen and Curtis Porch for wire fraud and theft of government property. The indictment alleges that the individuals devised a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) using false statements and fraudulent pretenses related to a loan/grant request under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Porches allegedly submitted loan/grant applications on behalf of sham transportation companies in an attempt to steal approximately $364,200 from SBA.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the FBI, Internal Revenue Service, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.