SAN FRANCISCO – Miranda Devlin, aka Miranda Martin, aka Miranda Petrillo, has been indicted in a federal criminal complaint for mail fraud and for making false statements about a request for coronavirus relief funds, have announced US attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Special Investigative Agent Craig D. Fair.
“We allege that Miranda Devlin committed serial fraud,” US Attorney Anderson said. “Among the schemes alleged in the complaint, Devlin used a shell company to defraud the paycheck protection program, known as PPP, of pandemic relief funds. PPP funds are an extremely important safety net for legitimate businesses that experience real losses. Anyone considering P3 fraud should be aware that law enforcement is watching and federal prosecutions can follow. “
“By allegedly defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program, a program designed to help our local businesses through stressful and uncertain times, Miranda Devlin violated the trust of her community,” said FBI San Francisco Special Agent in charge of Fair. “By allegedly exploiting this program and further straining resources for pandemic relief, she has deceived legitimate and hardworking business owners and their employees.”
The criminal complaint alleges that Devlin, 37, of San Francisco, impersonated several licensed attorneys from California using their names and license numbers. The complaint states that Devlin took the name “Miranda Martin” and later “Miranda Petrillo” and used those names to act as a criminal defense attorney. She was held by two defendants facing serious criminal charges in Marin County Superior Court. Devlin first appeared in court as “Miranda Martin”. The complaint alleges that when questioned, she then pivoted and assumed the identity of another lawyer who also shared her first name, Miranda Petrillo. Devlin was arrested for posing as a lawyer after a court appearance on November 26, 2019, in Marin County. The complaint alleges that the real Miranda Martin and Miranda Petrillo are California State Bar certified attorneys and are both victims of Devlin’s identity thefts.
The complaint further alleges that, during Devlin’s attorney theft investigation, investigators discovered that Devlin had recently defrauded the Small Business Administration by submitting a loan application to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on behalf of of a front company. The PPP arose out of the CARES law passed by Congress in March 2020, which authorized forgivable PPP loans to small businesses to promote job retention and certain other expenses during the pandemic. A PPP loan must be used for personnel costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities, and applications for such loans, administered by the US Small Business Administration, must meet certain requirements and be sworn. .
The complaint alleges that Devlin applied for a PPP loan in the amount of $ 32,700 on behalf of an entity it created, the Common Nucleus of Cancer, LLC (CNC). In CNC’s request, Devlin made several false statements and provided false IRS documents to support the statements. For example, Devlin claimed that she was Miranda Martin, that CNC was managed by Miranda Martin, that Miranda Martin owned 100% of the entity, that CNC had two employees and a monthly payroll of $ 13,115, that she had paid employee salaries and social charges. throughout the four quarters of 2019, and that the AcSB was operational on February 15, 2020. Each of the declarations was made under oath. None of them are true. After the loan was funded, Devlin used the money for various unauthorized non-salary expenses, such as purchases from Amazon, Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co., and for stock purchases.
Devlin first appeared in federal court on February 12, 2021, before the Honorable Laurel Beeler, United States Justice of the Peace. Devlin has been released on bail and her next scheduled appearance is March 8, 2021, for a status hearing before the Honorable Sallie Kim, United States Justice of the Peace.
The charges contained in the criminal complaint are mere allegations. As in any criminal case, the accused is presumed innocent until his guilt has been established by a court.
Devlin is charged with misrepresenting an application in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1014, and mail fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1341. If convicted of making false statements on one application, she faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine of $ 1,000,000. If found guilty of mail fraud, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000. However, any sentence following a conviction would only be imposed by the court after reviewing the US Sentencing Guidelines and Federal Sentencing Law, 18 USC § 3553.
The United States Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution Team is pursuing the case. The prosecutions are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Inspector General of the Treasury for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
The FBI estimates there may be more victims in this case and urges the public to contact the FBI San Francisco at (415) 553-7400 if they believe they are a victim, have information on potential victims, or have any concerns. information about it. case in progress. Calls can remain anonymous.