Bilking government agencies of publicly disbursed entitlements is now a national pastime, and when COVID struck, it only got worse. As Uncle Sam began rolling out one relief program after another, several bad actors moved into place to see how much of that money they could get without doing anything in return. These lawsuits are still being filed as the forensic number-crunchers at the IRS track down the information provided by individual applicants. In this case, briefly reviewing the records resulted in the numbers not adding up, and now one individual is facing charges for $83 million in losses.
The laboratory’s co-owner has been charged with 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of stealing government funds.
How Did the Fraud Work?