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Georgia Individual Sentenced for CARES Act Loan Fraud Scheme

On June 14, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia sentenced Dereen Porch to 21 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, $230,300 in restitution, and a $200 special assessment. In November 2021, Porch pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. The investigation revealed that Porch submitted loan applications to the Small Business Administration on behalf of fictitious trucking companies in an attempt to steal approximately $364,200 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service, and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.