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kendal-L4iKccAChOc-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced the arrest of a Coconut Creek man accused of using his businesses to fraudulently obtain federal loans meant for small businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and bilking the Medicare system of at least $5 million.

Carlos Belone, 37, was arrested Friday and charged with wire fraud, payment of health care kickbacks, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and making false statements to a financial institution. His bond was set at $150,000. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

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tai-s-captures-0I52FCHNjoU-unsplash-300x200A federal court in Miami has announced charges against four men from Bradenton, FL, who allegedly marketed a bleach solution as a cure for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

62-year-old Mark Grenon and his sons Jonathan Grenon, 34; Joseph Grenon, 32; and Jordan Grenon, 26; were each charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and criminal contempt. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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covid_19-300x166The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas has announced the arrest of Michael George McQuarn of Austin for allegedly defrauding the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program of more than $2 million.

McQuarn was charged with wire fraud and making false statements to the SBA. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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lance-anderson-uevmkfCH98Q-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced charges last week against the CEO of two Evanston-based software companies for allegedly filing loan applications that fraudulently sought more than $400,000 from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Rahul Shah of Evanston was charged with bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution. His initial appearance in court has not yet been scheduled. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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coronavirus_38-300x168In one of the first federal cases of its kind, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California has announced fraud charges against a Southern California man accused of fraudulently soliciting investments for companies he claimed had developed a pill that could prevent and cure coronavirus infections (COVID-19).

Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 11 counts of wire fraud. He was released on May 6 after posting a $150,000 bond. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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