Charlotte Woman, Jasmine Johnnae Clifton Who Allegedly Exploited The Coronavirus Pandemic To Obtain A Fraudulent Loan Appears In Federal Court
CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced that Jasmine Johnnae Clifton, 24, of Charlotte, appeared in court on federal charges, for fraudulently obtaining a COVID-19 loan for almost $150,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, Charlotte Field Office (IRS-CI), and Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which oversees Charlotte, join U.S. Attorney Murray in making announcement.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, a federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte indicted Clifton on charges of wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit, and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. According to allegations in the criminal bill of indictment, Clifton engaged in a scheme to defraud the SBA by obtaining an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) based on false information.
The CARES Act is a federal law enacted March 29, 2020, and it is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to millions of Americans suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.