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Omaha residents charged with COVID relief fraud

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Sep 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-29 21:33:21-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Three Omaha residents have been charged with COVID relief fraud.

The United States Attorney's Office charged 42-year-old Tamika Cross, 44-year-old Ronnie Cross, and 51-year-old Davida Anderson with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.

The indictment alleges that they each engaged in a scheme to defraud lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was part of the CARES Act that Congress enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The indictment also alleges that the trio submitted fraudulent applications for more than $2 million in PPP loans on behalf of businesses that were not in operation and that they obtained approximately $489,000 in PPP loan proceeds.

The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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