EIDL Grant and EIDL Loan Applications are now being investigated for Fraud! It appears that SBA may have started investing the EIDL Grant, which is the free grant of $1k to $10k depending on your employee count, and the EIDL Loan application process for fraudulent applicants. These are the EIDL Grant and EIDL Loan application that was submitted by individuals who have no legitimate businesses and are lying on the application saying that they do have a business. An article was recently published by Washington Post about suspicious applications for the EIDL Grant and the EIDL loan and that the SBA is now beginning to take notice of this. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/07/15/sba-eidl-loan-program-coronavirus/ Interestingly enough, a large number of people living in Apartment locations have applied for the SBA EIDL Grant saying that they’re an agricultural business. 2 months ago, the SBA EIDL program was indeed closed and allowed applications only from agricultural businesses. So much so that the SBA managers have begun notifying the frontline workers to screen out for suspicious applications. Such suspicious applications apparently have just the right number of employees to qualify for the $10,000 grant, applicants calling SBA specifically about the grant while ignoring the loan terms. And while this may sound funny and dumb but some applicants even put down their apartment address as the business address claiming that they run a 10-employee barbershop and an auto-repair shop. And at the same time, I know my videos have helped potentially thousands of businesses who struggled to understand the SBA EIDL Grant and the Loan program. But it is a bit disappointing and frustrating that the information has also fed the wrong mouth. Because of all the fraudsters out there, there are fewer legitimate businesses that didn’t get the chance to save their business. Now, The SBA hasn’t commented on how they’re investing – which is a smart move. Especially since if SBA does disclose their investigative methods, the same fraudsters would try to skirt around the investigations. I do have some ideas as to how the SBA will investigate fraudulent applications but I won’t even begin to name ideas … well because of fraudsters. But here’s what I think the SBA should have done from the beginning to avoid this mess and I hope to see this implemented in the near future. As soon as the CARES Act was passed, I think the SBA should have gotten to work to build an up-front algorithm or a screening tool to match all the business Tax ID to the IRS database to see if there were any taxes or business-related filings were made. SBA could have easily screened out those applications that didn’t file a Schedule C, Form 8825, or Schedule E on the personal taxes, and Form 1020, the 1020S, or the partnership tax form of 1065. When you applied for the SBA EIDL Loan or the SBA EIDL Grant, you checked off a box saying that you agree to certain terms and conditions… One of those terms and condition reads: Not only is it illegal and immoral to lie but by you falsely applying for the SBA EIDL Loan, you might be taking away something that a legitimate business desperately needs to survive right now.
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