HARRISBURG – Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler today announced that his office has reached a memorandum of understanding with Special Inspector General Brian D. Miller of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the recovery in the event of pandemic (SIGPR), concerning the investigation and prosecution of fraud related to the financing of the CARES law.

Acting US Attorney Bruce D. Brandler said, “This partnership is part of our ongoing efforts to investigate and prosecute fraudsters who stole millions of dollars from government-backed relief programs during the pandemic. This is a high priority area for our office and we look forward to working with SIGPR to hold accountable anyone who has illegally profited at the expense of the US taxpayer.

Special Inspector General Brian D. Miller said, “This partnership is an important step in protecting taxpayer dollars. We will work together to hold to account and bring to justice those who steal or abuse money intended to support the nation’s economic health and recovery. “

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act of 2020 created the SIGPR to investigate the spending of public funds intended to provide economic relief to people and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The MOU will allow the United States Attorney’s Office and SIGPR to step up cooperative efforts in the investigation and prosecution of loans, loan guarantees and other investments made by the Secretary of the Treasury. under the CARES Act.

The MOU sets out four objectives: 1) to provide a coordinated response to CARES Act funding fraud, with a focus on organized criminal activity, as well as criminal and civil fraud affecting federal money, vulnerable victims and repeat offenders of fraud; 2) expedite the legal process, admission of cases and prosecution of fraud related to the CARES Act; 3) link and combine isolated complaints related to the CARES Act with broader programs and related illegal activities; and 4) deter future CARES law funding frauds by increasing awareness of successful criminal prosecutions and civil enforcement actions against individuals and businesses involved in CARES-related financial fraud.

As part of the MoU, the United States Attorney’s Office will designate two deputy United States prosecutors – one from the Criminal Division and one from the Civil Division – to serve as the liaison for the partnership between the SIGPR and the United States Attorney’s Office. These AUSAs will be direct points of contact for inquiries relating to SIGPR cases.

The MOU also calls on the U.S. Attorney’s Office to create a streamlined and expedited process for SIGPR investigations to obtain the necessary preliminary legal process, including grand jury subpoenas and court orders, subpoenas and civil investigation requests.

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